This started when he was scratched from his second bullpen session five days ago due to forearm soreness, which was the same forearm he also dealt with in Game 3 against the Astros. The team claims that he went through two MRIs in December and January, but both came back negative. A new test this week has revealed a partial tear of the UCL, which is enough to shut him down for what will most likely be the entire season.
It was exactly one year ago today that the Yankees gave Severino a four-year contract extension that is worth $40 million, but he has since throw just 20.1 innings for them. He earned that contract by making the American League All-Star team twice and going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts over 191.1 innings in 2018, his best season yet. The 25-year-old who will turn 26 next week made just three starts throughout 2019. He did not make his season debut until September, and is quickly back on the sidelines, leaving the rotation up to new addition Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka.