​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.

With Severino being shut down, it's "highly unlikely" that he'll be ready for the start of the season.

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.

There are rumors swirling that the Yankees may be interested in signing veteran southpaw ​Gio Gonzalez, and now that they know what's up with Severino, a signing could happen quickly.


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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