2019 is dead; long live 2019. According to the latest reports, Luis Severino is hurt. For the second straight year, the injury came before he threw a single pitch in Spring Training. This time on his birthday no less! I do not like it. Severino has “forearm tightness” that dates back at least to last year’s ALCS. (For what it’s worth, he was cleared to start Game 7 of the ALCS had it occurred. The tests were clean.) As such, the team is shutting him down for a few days. He will visit team doctor Chris Ahmad tomorrow and take anti-inflammatories in the interim. (Update, 2:45pm: Maybe he won’t? Or maybe he will? Nobody knows!)
We don’t know a whole lot about this yet, but we do know that he will likely not be ready for Opening Day. That’s just five weeks away now! Shutting Severino down now is a fairly significant setback for the 26-year-old. It’s possible, of course, but it will all need to break right now. The Yankees, for their part, are neither optimistic or pessimistic, with Brian Cashman telling reporters that it is “unknown if this is going to be a significant issue.” Aaron Boone is “concerned.” As am I!
If you want to be positive, Severino has undergone several tests already, with multiple MRIs showing nothing. That is the good news. The bad news is that the discomfort has not gone away and it has been several months now. It apparently occurs when he throws his changeup. That’s what happened yesterday and the pain persisted into this morning. Gah.
I’m an optimist by nature, especially with Severino, but I’ll be honest: I’m having a tough time feeling optimistic about this one. It sounds like bad news and I am very sad about it.