The Yankees’ ace, Luis Severino, is out until May — at the earliest. With help from ESPN’s injury analyst, Stephania Bell, we tackle five key questions.
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WASHINGTON — Exactly one week before what would have been the second Opening Day start of his career, Luis Severino was lightly throwing inside the New York Yankees‘ spring training ballpark in Tampa, Florida.
After finishing his 50 tosses on flat ground, he didn’t go anywhere near a mound. From a throwing standpoint, the pitcher did nothing else that day.
For the foreseeable future, he will have more days like that. The Yankees’ ace, who last month signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension, will be spending the first week of the season — and significantly longer — more than 1,000 miles away from Yankee Stadium.
He can thank a shoulder injury for that. Severino was sidelined nearly three weeks ago, and the pain put a pause in both the the right-hander’s plans as well as the plans that the Yankees had for the front end of the rotation. Adjustments had to be made.
But with the season opener now days away, one of the Yankees’ most pressing concerns