Cashman: “Six or More” Weeks Before Luis Severino Returns

If you were expecting good news about Yankees ace Luis Severino, you’re just going to have to keep waiting. General manager Brian Cashman told MLB Network Radio that the 25-year-old will be reevaluated by the team’s medical staff tomorrow before a decision is made regarding his throwing program.

It has been a little over 18 weeks since Severino was scratched from a spring start with shoulder soreness, and the injuries just keep coming. The next setback for Severino was a Grade 2 lat strain, which seems to have eluded the medical team the first time around. That plus Severino’s apparent disdain for MRIs has proven extremely difficult as the Yankees attempt to plot for Sevy’s return.

That has led Cashman to put the minimum at six weeks before the recently-extended pitcher could be back to contribute. That would limit Severino to a late-August or early-September return, and Cashman said they could limit Severino to 75 pitches or use him out of the bullpen. That’s not what you want out of the starter you just locked up to a $40 million extension in the offseason.

The Yankees likely will operate around this year’s single Trade Deadline with the idea that they cannot count on an impactful return from Severino. Anything that he can provide to the team this year will be a bonus in terms of the roster calculus. The team knows they have to pursue starting pitching and it seems they’re engaged on multiple fronts. It will be an entertaining ride from now until July 31.

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