TAMPA – Old, previously unknown injuries continue to haunt the Yankees. Luis Severino is the youngest such victim.
Aaron Boone said Thursday that Severino, the Yankees' major right-handed man, was closed due to pain in his right forearm. The 25-year-old Severino also has a loose body in his right elbow, the manager added, and suddenly there is a real possibility that the Yankees will open the season without Severino and James Paxton (back surgery), who will be out May and at least until the end suspended Domingo German who can return on June 5 after completing his 81-game sentence (which started last year with 18 games) for domestic violence offenses.
The Yankees hope team doctor Christopher Ahmad will examine Severino here on Friday.
"It is Sevy and there is this discomfort that keeps recurring," said Boone at George M. Steinbrenner Field. "This is certainly worrying. We just have to see how this continues to declare itself."
This disease was "turned on" for the first time after it turned out that Severino had finally started in 2019 when he appeared twice against the Astros with 4 innings innings in Game 3 of the American League Championship. The forearm disturbed him in that he flew twice from his home country, the Dominican Republic, to New York to do tests – two MRI scans and one CT scan – with no red flags. The second trip took place after Severino felt the pain again when he tossed his change onto flat ground.
When Severino arrived at the camp, he received anti-inflammatory drugs and threw them back on level ground, but only fastballs and sliders. When Severino, as Boone put it, "re-entered" his change, the pain returned and prompted the shutdown.
When asked if he was frustrated with these recent developments after last year's injury epidemic – including Severino's right shoulder and bib problems, which limited him to three regular season starts and two more in the off-season – Boone said: "I am always worried when our boys are injured. Especially two such types (Severino and Paxton) that are really important. But no, the first thing we try to do is put our arms around what is happening and get it right. "