Yankees get positive news on injured star, but won’t ‘speculate’ on his return

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees are getting healthier at the right time, and in addition to that, have recently discovered or added useful players when they needed them the most. The trade additions have been outstanding, Wandy Peralta has blossomed into a reliable reliever, Andrew Velasquez has excelled at shortstop, Nestor Cortes Jr. is doing a terrific job holding down a rotation spot, and they are welcoming back some injured players.

Perhaps the single most influential player currently on the shelf, Luis Severino, also got some good injury news on the week. After a couple of days of waiting for tests, MRIs, and second opinions, the Yankees announced that there is no structural damage on his shoulder, one that forced him to skip his latest rehab start.

The Yankees, however, ordered Severino to rest for a few days. Manager Aaron Boone said the right-hander won’t throw this week as he lets the tightness in his shoulder calm down.

The Yankees want Sevy to see renowned doctor in person

His MRI results were sent to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a noted orthopedist and the Dodgers’ team physician. Boone explained there’s a chance Sevy will visit ElAttrache in person when the Yankees travel to the West Coast.

“I think, overall, it was pretty good news from an MRI standpoint, it’s just a matter of wanting to get Sevy with him when we’re out on the West Coast — an in-person physical, hands-on appointment as well,” Boone said to MLB.com. “In the meantime, we’re just kind of working on him and seeing at what point he would be able to start throwing again.”

The Yankees’ skipper, however, will not speculate on potential return dates.

 

“I don’t want to speculate because I don’t know when he’s throwing a ball and I don’t know when he’s back on the mound and where we’re starting from,” he said. “It would probably be silly of me to speculate on that. If he’s throwing a ball by Monday and ramping up by then, we’ll just see.”