Yankees’ Severino exits start early with shoulder tightness


New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino left Wednesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning with what the team called shoulder tightness. 

After the game, the Yankees announced that Severino was examined by a doctor and would have an MRI on Thursday. 

Perhaps the first sign of trouble for Severino came in the second inning. With the Yankees already trailing 1-0, Severino gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs to Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas, and Stuart Fairchild. 

Severino came back out for the top of the third but exited the game after throwing several warm-up pitches. 

Severino is 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 16 starts for the Yankees this season. 

The 28-year-old is coming off three consecutive starts pitching six innings or more. Over Severino’s previous three starts, he had allowed five earned runs off 12 hits over 18 innings. 

Severino has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons. He pitched in just three games in 2019 before undergoing Tommy John surgery, costing him the 2020 season and most of the 2021 campaign. After nearly two years on the shelf, the Yankees activated Severino last September. He pitched in four games last season, allowing just four hits and no runs in six innings. 

Signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2011, Severino is a three-time All-Star with a 48-29 record and 3.38 ERA in seven seasons in New York. 

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