Yankees RHP Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery, GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
With Tommy John surgery requiring a recovery time for pitchers of 12-to-18 months, Severino's 2020 season is over. And he could potentially miss the beginning of the 2021 season as well.
"Sevy has acknowledged and agreed the surgery is necessary," Cashman said. "His plan is to have it done as soon as possible. He's obviously contemplating the doctors and who to do it with. He's still working through the process."
Cashman added -- according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com -- that a "domino effect" shouldn't be expected right now, adding that the pitching market for trades usually "doesn't exist" until the summer.
Severino, whose 2019 was decimated by injury (specifically shoulder and lat issues), had recently complained of pain that only occurred while throwing changeups and had been shut down from throwing.
The Yankees are also without James Paxton, who recently had surgery for a cyst on his back and could potentially be ready to return at some point in May.
Without Severino for the entire season and without Paxton for at least the first month of it, the Yankees' starting rotation on Opening Day could potentially consist of Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, Jordan Montgomery, and Jonathan Loaisiga.
Other rotation options include Luis Cessa, prospects Deivi Garcia and Michael King and/or using an opener such as Chad Green.
While the loss of Severino for all of 2020 could hurt the Yanks in the regular season, the bigger concern could be what it means once they hopefully reach the postseason.
The addition of Cole has given the Yankees their unquestioned ace -- and one of the best pitchers in all of baseball -- but the presence of Severino as the No. 2 starter behind Cole in the postseason was also extremely important for a team that hasn't reached the World Series since 2009. Now, that role will likely go to Paxton.
After signing a four-year extension worth $40 million before the 2019 season, Severino pitched just 12 innings last season.
Severino was very durable in 2017 and 2018, when he pitched 193.1 and 191.1 innings, respectively, as he became one of the top young pitchers in baseball.
In a column for SNY.tv last week, Anthony McCarron spoke with scouts who weighed in on how the losses of Severino and Paxton could impact the Yanks.