Analysis

The Yankees can’t afford a Luis Severino setback

The injury bug strikes again, and another injury to Luis Severino is the last thing the New York Yankees need.

The Yankees, so far this season, have been disappointing, to say the least. At a record of 33-32, the Bombers sit 9.0 games out of first place in the AL East and 4.0 games out of a wildcard spot. The offense has, for the majority of the season, shown no signs of life. While the pitching hasn’t been awful, there are still facets that leave a lot to be desired.

This team was projected to get a major boost, however, when Luis Severino began his rehab assignment for the Hudson Valley Renegades last week. Although Severino needed to ramp up prior to joining the Yankees, seeing the righty make progress on returning following Tommy John Surgery last March was highly encouraging. It was believed that Severino would end up joining the Yankees right around the All-Star break in mid-July.

Severino Injured

Unfortunately, the injury bug bit Severino again when he left his start early over the weekend with a groin issue. At the moment, there’s no further update on Severino, leaving a lot of questions regarding when Severino will be able to continue his rehab or if it’ll be shut down altogether.

The righty has a history of injuries since 2019, as he missed the large majority of that season, while also missing all of 2020 with the aforementioned Tommy John Surgery.

The Yankees Can’t Afford Another Injury

As I mentioned earlier, this Yankee team has been beyond disappointing so far in 2020. Surprisingly, injuries haven’t played a major role with the ball club, although a few key pieces have gone down in terms of Luke Voit and Corey Kluber.

Although the pitching hasn’t been that bad at all (3.58 team ERA, 8th best in MLB), a team that has been sputtering like the Yankees needed something to at least look forward to and hopefully right the ship. A returning Luis Severino, the Bombers’ second-best pitcher by far and an ace on most staffs, could’ve certainly played that part. Unfortunately, this latest setback could hold Severino out of action even further, and by the time we see a potential return, the Yanks will be even worse off then than they are now.

Obviously, we need to wait and see what the injury is with Severino before we panic, and no specifics have been announced. Having said that, the Yanks really should have their fingers crossed, because another setback to their star pitcher is the last thing New York needs.

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