TAMPA — If only overhauling a baseball team’s training and conditioning protocol served as clean a process as, say, executing a gut renovation of your home, the 2020 Yankees could enjoy their new foundation care-free.
Alas, you can put up new walls, or install a completely new air-conditioning system. But you can’t paper over the aches and pains your pitchers felt last fall.
Meet the new Yankees injuries. Same as, it turns out, some of the old Yankees injuries. And just like that, before Grapefruit League action begins, the American League East might not be a cakewalk for these guys after all.
The Yankees announced Thursday they have shut down Luis Severino with right forearm soreness, which understandably set off sirens. Team physician Christopher Ahmad could examine Severino on Friday, at which point they will take the next step. As future Hall of Fame pitcher Curt Schilling noted on Twitter, “Anytime you hear forearm you have to think UCL,” which is what requires Tommy John surgery to repair.
“Certainly concerning,” is how Aaron Boone described it, and what’s most mind-blowing is the reality that Severino first felt this condition after his ALCS Game 3…