Momentum has been hard to come by for the New York Yankees in 2021.
If feels like every time they string a few wins together, they either suffer a loss for the ages (there’s been at least seven or eight of those this season), or they receive debilitating injury- or COVID-related news. There’s literally been no in between.
Even when things haven’t gone well for the Yankees, these impossibly unlucky circumstances have snowballed to completely vaporize the fan base’s optimism.
Unfortunately for fans, this very scenario has made an unwelcome return after the club’s gut-wrenching loss to the White Sox in the Field of Dreams Game on Thursday.
Scheduled to make his final rehab start on Friday before (hopefully) being promoted to the Yankees, Luis Severino was scratched after “not feeling right,” during his warmup.
Well, video footage from Severino’s warmup has emerged, and it reveals the the star hurler in clear discomfort after throwing a pitch. It looks like he was favoring his shoulder.
Luis Severino was in clear discomfort before his Friday rehab start.
A microcosm of the Yankees 2021 season in one tweet, folks. Let’s remember this comes less than a week after Severino tossed four perfect innings at Double-A in his second rehab start. It remains to be seen how much time he’ll miss, but you have to think his season is over, no?
Per the latest reports, Severino is dealing with tightness in his throwing shoulder. He’ll return to New York and undergo an MRI on Monday, according to Aaron Boone. The Yankees are hopeful he avoided a major injury, but it’s never a good sign when a pitcher knows he can’t perform.
This now marks the second setback Severino has endured as he looks to return to the Yankees rotation for the first time since 2019. The two-time All-Star would’ve certainly returned by now, but he was removed from his second rehab start with a groin injury back in June.
Severino finally made his way back from that and made two starts with Double-A Somerset before being promoted to Triple-A Scranton for a start on Friday. If he made it through that without a setback, the Yankees were going to decide if he was ready to rejoin the club.
He was that close! That’s what makes this news all the more difficult to stomach.
All we can do now is hope the MRI comes back clean and Severino begins another throwing program a week or two down the road.
Knowing what Yankees fans have been through this year, though, we wouldn’t fault fans who are envisioning a doomsday scenario with the 27-year-old.