TAMPA — Before being examined by Yankees doctor Chris Ahmad on Friday, Luis Severino didn’t know how long he will be shut down due to soreness in the right forearm.
“Not sure yet,’’ a disappointed Severino said when asked how much time he will be away from the mound. “I am going to see the doc and see what the plan is.’’
Two offseason MRI exams and a CT scan didn’t unearth structural damage in Severino’s valuable right arm, which didn’t feel right after he threw change-ups. Wednesday night he felt something in the area and was scratched from a live bullpen session on Thursday.
It is the second consecutive spring training that Severino, 26, has been sidelined. A year ago he was diagnosed with an inflamed right rotator cuff. While rehabbing that injury Severino strained a lat muscle. Those problems resulted in Severino making just three September starts and two in the postseason. Despite feeling soreness after Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros, who copped a 4-1 win, Severino checked out fine and would have been Aaron Boone’s Game 7 starter had the Yankees forced a winner-goes-to-the-World Series finale.
“It’s strange to hear this stuff…