New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that right-hander Luis Severino is dealing with forearm soreness dating back to his last start of the 2019 ALCS, according to Jack Curry of YES Network.
Boone called the on-and-off issue "concerning," and said Severino will be shut down for at least a few days. He added Friday the starting pitcher will head to New York on Monday for three days to undergo a series of tests.
The skipper said the two-time All-Star was cleared to start a potential Game 7 last October against the Houston Astros. However, the pain cropped up again Wednesday night.
Boone revealed the 26-year-old feels the discomfort in his right forearm when he throws his changeup, a pitch that requires him to pronate his arm.
"Unknown if this is gonna be a significant issue that we're gonna be dealing with that's gonna cost us a lot of time, or if it's a small issue," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
Cashman said the team examined Severino’s forearm multiple times throughout the offseason and all results came back negative, according to David Lennon of Newsday Sports, who adds they did find a "loose body" in the elbow that’s not causing him any problems.
Severino only made three regular-season starts last season after returning in September following multiple injuries.
The Yankees' starting rotation is already missing left-hander James Paxton, who is expected to be out three-to-four months after back surgery in early February.