The oft-injured Yankees starter will be on the injured reserve again with the same injury he suffered twice before
Opening day is still several days away, but 60% of the New York Yankees’ starting rotation won’t be on the roster.
Luis Severino, who has a long injury history, suffered the third thigh injury of his career and is expected to start the season on the injured list.
The 29-year-old missed about two months with a low-grade lat strain last season, so the Yanks should have some idea of a timeline for his return.
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Severino is the third Yankees starting pitcher to hit the pitch this spring.
Frankie Montas, who the Yanks acquired at the trade deadline last year, could miss the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Their $162 million southpaw, Carlos Rodon, also suffered a forearm sprain earlier this spring. He’s pitching again but will likely miss the entire month of April.
This is the fifth consecutive season that Severino will be on the injured list. The right-hander made just four starts in 2019 with rotator cuff inflammation and a Grade 2 strain, and he missed all of 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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As he emerged from elbow surgery in 2021, he suffered a groin injury which halted his comeback until September. So from the start of 2019 through the 2021 season, including the playoffs, he pitched in just 27.2 innings.
Severino had a 3.18 ERA last year in 19 starts.
In addition to All-Stars Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes, the Yankees rotation will likely include Domingo German and reliever Clarke Schmidt with the fifth starter up for grabs until Rodon and Severino return.
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New York won 99 games last year but was swept by eventual World Series champion Houston Astros, the third time in five years the Astros have eliminated the Yanks in the ALCS.