Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Thursday that RHP Luis Severino will be shut down, as he is dealing with forearm soreness. He called the issue "concerning," per YES Network's Jack Curry.
Boone explained how Severino has been dealing with that soreness since his last start in the ALCS. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch added that Boone said Severino, who turned 26 years old Thursday, has a loose body in his pitching elbow as well.
GM Brian Cashman said that Severino won't be seeing Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Friday, as Boone had said, and he has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and rest in the meantime. Newsday's David Lennon says Severino will be seeing an orthopedist on Friday instead.
When asked if Boone believed Severino will have enough time to be ready for Opening Day, he replied, "We'll see."
"It's an unknown," Cashman said. "It could be small and a timing issue or it's more significant than that because we haven't determined what we're dealing with yet."
The loose body was known by the Yankees after Severino underwent a couple of MRIs in the past, per The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. Cashman, though, said it wasn't causing Severino problems at all.
This news breaks right after Severino told SNY contributor Sweeny Murti on Wednesday that he felt "pretty great" after a change to his offseason routine that had "more arm exercises" and "less throwing."
Last season, Severino had only five starts -- three regular season, two postseason -- as he dealt with shoulder and lat injuries. He looked solid in those innings, and it gave the Yankees confidence that he could come into 2020 fully healthy and ready for a bounce-back campaign.
"I think everybody knows the kind of pitcher I am. I can go back to that, even get better," Severino told Murti. "That's the main goal not [just] for me, but other pitchers. They're trying to get better every year. If I'm healthy, I can be that kind of pitcher."
Unfortunately, health isn't on his side at the moment.