Brian Cashman joined MLB Network Radio this morning and gave us an update on Yankees ace Luis Severino. Here is Brian Hoch with the news:
If we look at the optimistic end of this timeframe, the earliest Sevy would join the big league club is late August. We’re really getting towards the end of the rope if the timeframe ends up being on the “more” side. This isn’t the most encouraging news.
The suggestion of Sevy coming out of the bullpen is interesting, but doesn’t seem all that viable. He is your ace who is dealing with a significant shoulder injury. He’s had difficulty being able to throw on flat ground. It is tough to imagine the team putting him in a position where he wouldn’t have as much time to warm up and then pitch balls to the wall for an inning. Of course they would have some plan to mirror his starting routine as much as they could. With that said, this doesn’t seem to be the most optimal position for a starting pitcher coming off shoulder problems.
It feels like we won’t see Severino this season. The suggested timeline itself doesn’t seem to emit a lot of confidence. We all know the struggles the team has experienced with injuries this year. Whether it be multiple setbacks for multiple players or timelines that aren’t accurate by any stretch, the Yankees have been severely bit by the injury bug. This news just highlights the need for the team to reinforce the rotation by the July 31st trade deadline. Here is to hoping we see Luis Severino on the mound this season.