Luis Severino To Miss Opening Day, Expected To Begin Throwing In Two Weeks


New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss his scheduled start on opening day on March 28 due to right shoulder inflammation.

He expects to resume a throwing program in two weeks per the Associated Press via The Washington Post.

Severino was scratched from his first planned start of spring training earlier this week after he felt discomfort after throwing a slider in a pregame bullpen session.

“It’s going to be tough for a little bit, but it’s better it happened now than into the season or at the end of the season,” Severino said Wednesday via The Associated Press. “I think it’s something that we can treat now and move forward into the season and I’ll be able to pitch.”

Severino, 25, underwent an MRI on Tuesday and will receive a cortisone injection.

“I wasn’t scared because I knew it was nothing bad,” Severino said. “Nothing about my shoulder. I think it was something about my muscles.”

“You get optimistic from the MRI,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “Obviously it’s a concerning situation until he’s on the mound for a consistent period of time until the point where you forgot it ever happened.”

The Yankees will move forward with a rotation comprised of Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ. Domingo German or Jonathan Loaisiga are possibility replacements.