New York Yankees starter Luis Severino, who you would believe to be their Opening Day starter, was a late scratch for Tuesday's spring training game against the Atlanta Braves because of shoulder discomfort.
That's not a good sign, and it's even more concerning that he had an MRI on his shoulder/lat this afternoon, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Overall, the MRI looked pretty good but, he's got some rotator cuff inflammation that will force him to be shut down a couple weeks, according to Boone.
Boone on Severino: “rotator cuff inflammation.” Shut down at least two weeks “otherwise MRI looked pretty good.”— Erik Boland (@eboland11) March 5, 2019
With Severino being shut down, it's "highly unlikely" that he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Aaron Boone says it's "highly unlikely" Luis Severino will be ready for the start of the season.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 5, 2019
Severino will receive an injection and start on anti-inflammatories, and then after the two week mark he'll be re-assessed and begin a throwing program to get him ready for the season.
The expectation for Severino is to receive an injection and begin taking anti-inflammatories. Boone says the MRI showed the shoulder is clean, otherwise. That two week target is when he will be re-assessed for his throwing program.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 5, 2019
From an internal standpoint, you could see Domingo German, Luis Cessa or Jonathan Loaisiga takes Severino's spot in the rotation unless they look for an external option.
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