TAMPA – Before Luis Severino was examined by Yankee's doctor Chris Ahmad on Friday, he didn't know how long he would be closed due to pain in his right forearm.
"Not sure yet," said a disappointed Severino when asked how much time he would be from the hill. "I'll see the document and see what the plan is."
Two off-season MRI scans and a CT scan showed no structural damage to Severino's valuable right arm, which did not feel right after the change. He sensed something in the area on Wednesday night and was scratched by a live bullpen session on Thursday.
It is the second spring training session in a row that 26-year-old Severino is taking a break. A year ago, he was diagnosed with an inflamed right rotator cuff. Severino strained a lat muscle during the rehabilitation of this injury. These problems meant that Severino only made three starts in September and two in the postseason. Although Severino was in pain after ALCS Game 3 against Astros, who scored a 4-1 win, he was a good starter for Aaron Boone if the Yankees had won a World Series final.
"It's strange to hear this stuff again," said Severino in his Steinbrenner Field Locker on Friday morning. "We'll look into it and see what we can do."
With the season starting on March 26 against the Orioles in Baltimore, Severino will have enough time to be ready and in rotation if the problem is not serious. However, the location of the pain – below the elbow to the outside of the forearm – is a problem, even if it's not in the more worrying interior of the joint.
For Severino, it is a mystery that the pain does not appear after throwing fastballs and sliders, only when he throws change.
"It's a strange place below the elbow where the muscle touches the bone," said Severino. "I feel like I'm in pain after nine innings. It goes away later. (Friday) I feel much better than (Thursday).
When discussing Severino's situation, GM Brian Cashman and Boone mentioned that there was a loose body in the arm that was not causing any problems. When asked about this Friday, Severino said he didn't think this was related to the pain.
"You told me that wasn't the problem," said Severino. "If it were the problem, I wouldn't be able to throw my fastball. Ninety percent of the jugs have this thing. It's not a problem for me."
After last season, the first of a $ 40 million four-year contract, Severino was asked if he was frustrated.
"I just want to be unlucky. I do everything I can do in the off season to get here healthy, ”said Severino. "I felt good until (Thursday). I was watching TV and something was wrong. It is something that happens and that you have to deal with. "
Should Severino join James Paxton (back surgery) and not be able to start the season, the Yankees would look for two rotational replacement parts from the group of Jordan Montgomery, Mike King, Luis Cessa and Deivi Garcia.