In Luis Severino's first public comments since Brian Cashman announced that the right-hander would need to undergo Tommy John surgery, the two-time All-Star promised to come back "stronger than ever."
Severino, via a statement released on Tuesday evening, confirmed that he has elected to have the surgery after consulting with the Yankees, his family, and his representatives. He also said that he is "extremely disappointed that I will not be able to put on a Yankees uniform and compete with my teammates this year."
Luis Severino has released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/SDIMegu2Mm- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 26, 2020
Severino was recently sent back to New York for further evaluation after complaining of forearm pain whenever he threw his change-up.
"Sevy has acknowledged and agreed the surgery is necessary," Cashman said on Tuesday. "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."
The Yankees signed Severino to a four-year, $40 million contract prior to last season, following a string of two straight All-Star campaigns in 2017 and 2018, when he went a combined 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.092 WHIP, and a 3.01 FIP.
Since signing that extension, Severino has pitched in just three regular-season games and two postseason starts. SNY's Andy Martino questioned on Tuesday if the Yankees' bad luck with Severino could impact the way they handle future contract talks with Aaron Judge.
With James Paxton also expected to miss extended time due to back surgery, the Yankees will now likely have Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, and J.A. Happ as the first three men in their rotation.