Yankees GM Brian Cashman wouldn't rule out eventually demoting RHP Luis Severino if he continues to struggle.
"If necessary," Cashman said about a potential demotion, according to Chad Jennings of Lohud. "If we feel that's what has to take place, that's definitely an avenue that's open. Hopefully it doesn't have to come to that, but if that's what's in his best interest, and therefore our best interest, that's something I have no problem doing."
Severino has a 6.86 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings (four starts) so far this season.
He posted a 2.89 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings (11 starts) in 2015 during what was his rookie season.
"I think he's a pretty tough kid, and he's pretty resilient," Girardi continued. "He's a worker and he doesn't hide; he takes things head on and accepts responsibility for what's going on, and I think that's important. He's got really good stuff. He's got a good arm. It's just mastering your trade, and right now he's scuffled a little bit for whatever reason, and we've got to get him back on track."
Severino has failed to build off his strong freshman campaign and it makes sense that the Yankees might consider getting him back on track in the minors if he cannot find a groove at the major league level. Having some rough starts is one thing, but Severino is allowing hits at a massive clip (.372 batting average against coming into Tuesday's start).
Beyond Severino's performance going forward, how the Yankees are playing overall might play a part in their decision making process. If the Yankees are winning games and receiving better starts from rest of the rotation, it makes sending Severino down to the minors more palatable.
If the Yankees are out of the race and the rest of the rotation outside of Masahiro Tanaka continues to struggle, then what's the point of having Severino throw to minor leaguers? He may as well gain some more experience and work through his problems with everyone else.