The New York Yankees are dealing with a significant number of injuries, and they were expecting to gain back a few essential pieces in the coming weeks. Starting pitcher Luis Severino is working his way through a rehabilitation assignment with High-A Hudson Valley but walked away worse than he started on Saturday.
Luis Severino goes down again for the Yankees:
Severino marked his first rehab stint this year last week, allowing one run and two hits in his first start with Low-A Tampa, but did record three strikeouts on Saturday before suffering an apparent right leg injury. Severino was helped off the field, clutching his groin in significant pain, a setback that could keep them out for a few more months.
Considering his immediate response to the injury, he could barely put any weight on his right leg, and hopefully, MRIs return a slight strain to his groin rather than a tear. A torn groin can command 4-8 weeks of recovery, which would then force Severino to ramp back up and ensure his elbow is feeling adequate. An injury of this nature would likely keep him out until late August, if not the remainder of the 2021 season. Another significant blow to the Yankees’ starting pitching rotation, as Corey Kluber has also been dealing with a shoulder injury that had a 4-8 week recovery timeline.
Was trading for Jameson Taillon a mistake?
When the Yankees acquired Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates, they expected to add a stellar starting pitcher to their ranks. However, his performance in 2018 when he recorded a 3.20 ERA over 32 games seems to be an ancient relic at this point in time. Over 12 appearances this year, he holds a 5.74 ERA, with a career-low 34.2% ground ball rate and career-high 1.69 home runs allowed per nine innings. In a year where pitching has been dominant, Taillon has struggled considerably.
The Yankees are currently paying him just $2.25 million this year, but they did give up multiple prospects to Pittsburgh in exchange for one of Gerrit Cole’s close friends from his younger days with Pittsburgh. Taillon is arbitration-eligible in 2022 and will be a free agent in 2023, so the team has time to refine his qualities and hopefully return him to the norm. However, his struggles seem to have no end in sight, as he has struggled in consecutive performances this year.