Yankees’ Luis Severino Needs Tommy John Surgery, Likely Out For Season

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Luis Severino on Tuesday received the worst news a pitcher can get.

The New York Yankees right-hander needs Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Severino recently was shut down with forearm soreness, which first cropped up during the 2019 American League Championship Series.

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Severino, 26, is coming off a season in which he appeared in just three games. The hard-throwing Dominican went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 2018.

Assuming Severino is out for the 2020 season, New York’s rotation suddenly has serious issues. Left-hander James Paxton is expected to miss the first few months of the season, and Masahiro Tanaka always is an injury concern. Additionally, Domingo German, a breakout star in 2019, is suspended for the first 81 games.

Gerrit Cole will make up some of the difference, but not all of it.

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