New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery before the regular season begins. The surgery will be, specifically, to repair a partial UCL tear. Having it at this juncture means he will miss the entire 2020 season.
Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti reported the news on Tuesday afternoon.
A dye contrast MRI finally revealed a partial UCL tear in Luis Severino. He is headed for Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2020 season. Testing also revealed pain in the area of the ligament for the first time. Brian Cashman said in-house competition will fill his spot.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) February 25, 2020
Severino only pitched in three games in 2019, after signing a four-year, $40 million deal in February of that year. He was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation, then a Grade 2 lat strain which put him out of commission for most of the year.
He earned an All-Star Game appearance in both 2017 and 2018. His best year was 2017, in which he earned an ERA of 2.98 with a win-loss record of 14-6 in 31 games started. This placed him third in the Cy Young award voting that year. 2018 was also good to Severino, as he posted a 19-8 record in 32 starts, albeit with a slightly higher ERA, at 3.39.
Severino has been a Yankee for his entire career, and will continue to be despite the injury history. General Manager Brian Cashman said that his replacement will come from in-house. There is no word on who that may be yet.
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