The Yankees received bad news on RHP Luis Severino, as an MRI revealed a Grade 2 lat strain, according to multiple reports. Severino will be shut down for six weeks.
Severino was sent to New York on Monday after feeling some discomfort in his shoulder, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday. The 25-year-old was out of the Yankees' rotation due to rotator cuff inflammation that occurred down in Spring Training. However, this is a new injury.
This is not what the Yankees wanted to see, especially coming from a starter who signed a $40 million extension back in February. Boone noted earlier this month that he was optimistic Severino would be able to move forward with his recovery to make it back into the rotation. Now, it's unknown exactly when that is going to happen again.
May was the "best-case scenario" where Severino was going to return. But now it would be smart to expect around July or August, as he won't be able to begin another throwing program until after the six-week shutdown.
Severino has been plagued by injury in the past. He was on the DL back in 2016 with a triceps strain, but he was healthy the past two seasons making 31 and 32 starts in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
The Yankees were hoping Severino, who went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts last season, could emerge as the team's ace in 2019. Now they will hope for a healthy recovery in the second half of the season.