Yankees: Luis Severino leaves second rehab start with apparent leg injury


The New York Yankees received encouraging news on the injury front on Saturday when they activated reliever Zack Britton from the 60-day injured list.

Even better than that? The Yankees confirmed Luis Severino, who’s currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, will be transferred from Low-A Tampa to High-A Hudson Valley, indicating the hard-throwing righty is making strides in his recovery.

In a sad microcosm of the Yankees’ season, however, those positive vibes were short-lived as Jameson Taillon was pulled in the first inning after giving up four runs. If fans thought that news was troubling, wait until you hear what happened amid New York’s comeback effort.

You know how Severino was making another rehab start on Saturday? According to folks in attendance, the two-time All-Star was forced to leave the game after suffering an apparent leg injury while following through on a pitch.

What’s all the more concerning? Severino could barely put any weight on his right leg as he was being assisted off the field.

Luis Severino was helped off the field on Saturday after suffering an apparent leg injury during his rehab start.

You just can’t be serious.

Severino was making his second rehab start, and, if everything went according to plan, the Yankees were hoping to welcome him back to the rotation sometime next month. Fans can go right ahead and flush those dreams, as Sevy appears to be dealing with something serious.

A frame-by-frame shot of Severino’s injury shows his right leg coming around extremely awkwardly and he was unable to finish his follow through. The 27-year-old knew right away something wasn’t right, which is normally never a good sign.

Severino appeared to grab his right groin, so we could be looking at a potential tear or strain, though it’s probably better not to speculate at this juncture.

At this point, all Yankees fans can do is hope Severino avoided a major injury. The star hurler already had it hard enough trying to come back from Tommy John surgery. The last thing he needed while fighting his way back to the rotation was another injury.

Until we know the full extent of Severino’s injury, not even a Yankees comeback win against the Phillies would make us feel better.

We’ll have an update on Sevy’s status as soon as it becomes available. Until then, fans in the Bronx have no other choice but to cross their fingers and hope for the best.