Luis Severino will need season-ending Tommy John Surgery
Earlier today, Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman told reporters that Pitcher Luis Severino will have Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The surgery will cause Severino to miss the entirety of the 2020 season and some parts of the 2021 season.
The Yankees did announce that they were shutting down Severino on Friday after he said he was experiencing soreness in his forearm that reportedly dated back to the 2019 NLCS. He was later evaluated by two doctors who said that the right handed pitcher would require Tommy John surgery.
Brian Cashman also told reporters that the 26 year old has not yet set a date to receive the surgery, but he did say that the operation will likely be done as soon as possible so Severino can return to action sooner rather than later.
Cashman said, “Sevy has agreed and acknowledged that Tommy John is necessary… The plan is to have it done as soon as possible, and he’s obviously contemplating the doctors that he’ll do it with.”
Severino is in the second year of a four-year contract with the Yankees that is worth a total of $40 million. Sevy, as they call him, only pitched in three games for New York last season. He finished 2019 with one win and one loss as well as a 1.50 ERA.