HOUSTON — In a younger season already outlined by accidents, the Yankees have despatched their finest pitcher for additional assessments on his throwing shoulder after his rehabilitation efforts stalled.
Luis Severino, 25, the workers ace, has not been ready to throw off a mound as he tries to get well from rotator cuff irritation in his proper shoulder.
After he did lengthy tosses on flat floor on the workforce’s spring coaching facility in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend, Severino “didn’t feel as great” as he had after latest tosses, Yankees Manager Aaron Boone stated Monday evening, earlier than the workforce’s Four-Three loss to the Houston Astros.
Severino was despatched to New York to be evaluated by Christopher Ahmad, the workforce’s head physician. Boone stated Severino was anticipated to have a magnetic resonance imaging examination on Tuesday, and maybe different assessments.
Boone stated Severino’s shoulder felt “O.K., but just not where he wants to be.” And the Yankees (5-5) are uncertain why the pitcher’s shoulder hasn’t felt prepared for him to get on a mound, the subsequent step within the throwing program. Severino final threw from 130 toes on flat floor.
“I’m hoping it’s just him not able to get over the hump quite yet,” Boone stated.
“The original testing that we did with him led us to be pretty confident,” he added. “But we’ve got to make sure he’s right. The fact that he hasn’t graduated from the flat ground throwing yet to the mound, we’ve got to try and answer those questions as best we can.”
Severino is likely one of the Yankees’ major-league-leading 11 players on the injured list. The Yankees have nearly $87 million in 2019 salaries on the I.L., which includes stars like outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and reliever Dellin Betances and standouts such as outfielder Aaron Hicks and starter pitcher C. C. Sabathia, who is expected to return this weekend.
Before this, Severino had not been on the I.L. since May 2016, when he had a strained right triceps.
Severino has been out since March 5, when he was scratched from his first spring training start because of discomfort in his throwing shoulder. An M.R.I. exam then revealed only rotator cuff inflammation, according to the Yankees, and Severino received a prescription for an injection, anti-inflammatory medication and rest.
In order to complete a four-year $40 million contract extension in February, Severino passed a physical, which included an M.R.I. exam.
The Yankees can ill afford to lose Severino, a two-time All-Star and one of the best starters in the American League, for a significant period of time. But the rotation has managed without him so far.
With solid pitching from Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton, plus the fill-ins Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga, the Yankees’ rotation entered Monday with a 3.09 earned run average, ranking eighth in the majors.
Tanaka fired six strong innings on Monday, allowing one run on a homer by Houston’s Jose Altuve. The Yankees took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning, partly because of a solo homer that Aaron Judge hit off Justin Verlander in the fifth.
But relievers Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino, neither of whom had been scored upon this season, allowed a combined three runs. A cueball infield single by Carlos Correa that went between Ottavino and first baseman Greg Bird in the eighth inning brought Alex Bregman home, giving the Astros the winning margin.
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