News has broken that Luis Severino will need Tommy John Surgery and miss the 2020 and part of the 2021 seasons. This is not good news for a Yankees rotation that was already missing James Paxton for at least the first couple of months of the 2020 season. How will the Yankees deal with this news? Let’s examine the impact and what the Bronx Bombers will do about the Luis Severino news.
Luis Severino Needs Tommy John
The Yankees were going into the 2020 season with extremely high expectations. Signing Gerrit Cole was supposed to be the final piece of the elusive puzzle known as winning the World Series. Losing Luis Severino for the season now makes that goal more difficult. Severino lost basically all of 2019 dealing with injuries, and now again, 2020 is lost and part of 2021. Getting Tommy John Surgery now will give the Yankees time to formula a legitimate plan on how to aid Severino from reinjuring himself upon returning.
Where do the Yankees turn next?
Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, has stated that making a trade at this time for an impact starter is highly unlikely. And that the more likely time frame for acquiring a starting pitcher would be around June when teams have a better idea of who they are that season. So for the first few months of the season, pitchers like Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa, and Jordan Montgomery become even more critical. And younger pitchers like Deivi Garcia, Michael King, and Clarke Schmidt have an even better chance to get an opportunity in 2020.
The Yankees rotation, which would have been Cole, Severino, Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and JA Happ. Now the rotation becomes Cole, Tanaka, Happ, and rotation by committee. Jordan Montgomery likely will slot into the fourth starter position but will probably have his innings limited. Likewise, Garcia, King, Schmidt, Cessa, and Loaisiga will not have many innings individually. But as a collective group could become a reliable fifth starter.