Luis Severino allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings before leaving the game with an elbow injury and the New York Yankees managed just one run against Chris Sale in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
- Severino (0-6) threw 81 pitches before leaving the game with soreness in the back of his right elbow. He will undergo an MRI after the game.
- Severino allowed three runs in the second inning and four in the third inning. Jose Abreu hit a two-run single in the second that made it 3-0. Adam Eaton hit a two-run double, and Jimmy Rollins followed with a two-run home run.
- Sale (8-0) lowered his ERA to 1.67 and has won every one of his starts this season. In his second complete game of the year, Sale allowed six hits and struck out six batters.
- The Yankees had won four of their last five games prior to Friday's loss.
- Chase Headley hit his second home run in as many nights after not recording an extra-base hit in his first 91 at-bats of the season.
- Gary Sanchez, who was called up on Friday, went 0 for 4.
- Nick Goody, Chasen Shreve and Kirby Yates combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.
The loss tonight is not all that surprising considering the Yankees were facing arguably the best pitcher in the American League at the moment. At the same, the Yankees hoped Severino was making headway after his last start and could stick with Sale. Now, the Yankees will shift their concern to the health of their young promising starter.
Severino will be undergoing an MRI tonight and the Yanks certainly hope that there is not a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, which leads to Tommy John surgery and its recuperation time of 12-18 months. An injury would explain Severino's performance to date, but the club would rather his poor start be due to mechanical issues, with time in the minors the answer needed to find his groove again. The alternative comes with a lengthy process and many more potential problems.