Depleted Yankees open the door for opener experiment

Rotator cuff inflammation sends Yankees’ Severino off course for an Opening Day start

Rotator cuff inflammation sends Yankees’ Severino off course for an Opening Day start

This, of course, doesn't mean a starting pitcher is off limits for the Yankees.

The Yankees will nearly definitely fill the hole in the rotation that Luis Severino's injury has left with an internal option, general manager Brian Cashman said. "But it sounds like the shoulder is pretty clean, it's just the inflammation issue".

He's had his MRI and the news, while not awful, is not great either: Severino has been diagnosed with "rotator cuff inflammation" and will be shut down for two weeks.

Colvin, an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at the Mount Sinai Health System in Manhattan, said the cortisone shot and rest should return Severino to where he was prior to Tuesday's developments. "Glad to hear that the severity is not anything worse than that, hopefully". I mean, we were concerned, but better it happened now than during the season.

Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ are also projected to be in the Yankees' rotation.

The 25-year-old signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the Yankees before the season.

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The two-time All-Star is coming off a 19-8 2018 season in which he had a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts. He came out early in both of his postseason starts, going 0-1 in seven innings.

Hicks was hurt during batting practice Friday night and still has discomfort. "With no baseball activity, it will be a gradual process and get him back to where he was before".

"What I've got is what I've got", Cashman said in the clubhouse.

Cashman feels right with the roster as is. Simply put, it seems like Severino not beginning the season on the disabled list - even if he only misses one start - would be an upset.

Without Severino, who won 19 games past year, the Yankees will be stretched thin in the rotation.

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