New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino will miss the 2020 season, as it was announced today he’ll need Tommy John surgery.
The Yankees made the biggest splash in free agency when they signed former Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole to a record-setting nine-year, $32 million deal. But the rest of their starting rotation has thinned considerably since then.
Severino was shut down a week ago after complaining about forearm discomfort. It’s the same discomfort the 26-year-old has felt since the American League Championship Series against the Astros last season.
Brian Cashman tells the media that Tommy John surgery is necessary for Luis Severino. pic.twitter.com/ME7CxwViox— YES Network (@YESNetwork) February 25, 2020
A two-time All-Star, Severino was expected to be the No. 2 starter for the Yankees behind Cole. The presumptive No. 3 starter was going to be James Paxton, but he’s out until as late as May after a procedure to remove a cyst.
Luis Severino missed most of the 2019 season after suffering through rotator cuff and lat muscle injuries. He made his season debut in September and finished the season 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched. He made two appearances in the postseason, allowing two earned runs over 8.1 innings pitched.
The power-pitching righty from the Dominican posted an incredible two-year stretch between 2017 and 2018. In 2017, he finished third in the Cy Young voting after a 14-6 season with a 2.98 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 230 strikeouts in 193.1 innings pitched. He followed that in 2018 going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts.
Luis Severino then signed a four-year, $40 million extension at that point. But he’s only pitched 20.1 innings since.
Luis Severino signed a 4 year $40M extension with the #Yankees almost exactly a year ago. He’s pitched 12 innings since, & is headed for Tommy John surgery according to GM Brian Cashman. He has $31.25M left on the deal, plus a $15M club option in 2023. https://t.co/b27ISO5Owz— Spotrac (@spotrac) February 25, 2020
The Yankees will turn to Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ as veterans to hold down the starting spots with Cole. Paxton should rejoin the rotation by May. In the meantime, New York will audition several young arms throughout Spring Training to fill out the rotation.