The New York Yankees enjoyed a splendid Tuesday night with Luis Severino making his season debut, pitching four innings and striking out four batters and allowing just two hits. His anticipated start was the first of a grueling season plagued by injuries and rehab, but he didn’t fail to dominate.
After speculation that Severino could be utilized as an opener, the Yankees tested him with four innings of work. His quality on the mound provides a considerable boost for the starting pitching rotation, especially with playoffs right around the bend. However, the Yankees received very disappointing news in addition to Severino’s fantastic debut.
Relief option Dellin Betances was ruled out for the season with a partially torn Achilles tendon, an injury he picked up while jumping off the mound after recording his second strikeout in his debut.
“Heartbroken for Dellin,” said Boone, who called the injury “about as freak as can be.”
The Bombers were extremely excited to get back one of their top bullpen arms, and now he will go into free agency with a torn Achilles and a lot of money left on the table. The Yanks could re-sign Betances, who is effective when healthy; however, his lack of health has hurt him this season and could force general manager Brian Cashman to take a different route.
When Betances arrived at the team’s facility on Tuesday, he was unable to stand on his toes which required further evaluation. After further review, the injury was determined, and surgery could occur shortly.
Boone further commented on New York Yankees reliever Betances’ ailment:
“We’ve been one of the best teams in the sport all season and I would say our bullpen’s been one of the overwhelming strengths of this club, and that doesn’t change,” Boone said. “We know how great he is and what a difference-maker he is, but we certainly have the people there to continue to have our bullpen be a strength.”