Yankees News: Brian Cashman Doesn't Plan to Add SP After Luis Severino Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 6, 2019

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws in the bullpen at the New York Yankees spring training baseball facility, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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The New York Yankees don't expect Luis Severino's injury will force them to make a move that boosts their starting rotation before the regular season begins.

Per ESPN's Coley Harvey, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated they will rely on their internal depth to cover for Severino's absence rather than sign a free agent. 

"What I've got is what I've got," Cashman said of his rotation. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Tuesday that Severino was "highly unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day on March 28 against the Baltimore Orioles due to shoulder inflammation.

Per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Severino is going to be shut down for two weeks, receive a cortisone injection and resume his throwing program. 

"Better it happened now than during the season," Severino told reporters Wednesday, via Hoch. "I think it's something that we can treat now and move forward to the season and be able to pitch."

The Yankees have depth in their rotation to cover for Severino's absence. James Paxton, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the offseason, or Masahiro Tanaka are the most-likely candidates to start on Opening Day.

Among the potential starters New York can plug in the back of its rotation, Domingo German has the type of stuff to be successful:

Mike Petriello @mike_petriello

Last year, 173 pitchers threw at least 80 innings. This is the leaderboard in terms of swinging strike rate, and it's part of why I would love to see German pick up any starts that Severino misses. https://t.co/uLteZqtGam

German did struggle with a 5.74 ERA and 15 homers allowed in 85.2 innings, but the 26-year-old also had 102 strikeouts. 

The Yankees have lofty ambitions this season after winning 100 games in 2018. Losing Severino is a cause for concern, but as long as his injury doesn't cause him to miss significant time, they have enough talent to keep pace with the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the AL East.


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