USA. Dominican starter Luis Severino could not make his exit to the mound on Tuesday with the New York Yankees, as was agreed, to suffer pains in the right shoulder.
Severino began the day at the George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa (Florida) with the warm-up exercises, but when feeling discomfort in the shoulder of throwing the physical trainers decided that he should not go out to the mound.
The right-hander warmed up for 25 minutes before the start time of the duel against the Atlanta Braves, but ended up being left-hander Stephen Tarpley who started the preseason game.
The exit to the mound was going to be the first opening of Severino in training, in addition to his official presentation with the team after signing an extension for four seasons and 40 million dollars.
Severino, 25, has already been designated as the Yankees starter for the Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles, after last season he achieved a winning record of 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts.
The Dominican law was third in victories in the Major Leagues and eighth in the American League with 220 strikeouts, but during the playoffs he did not have his best performance.
However, the Yankees trust in the full potential of Severino who was given the contract extension that guarantees continuity with the Bronx Bombers.
With lefty CC Sabathia already out of the game for the first five games due to a suspension and possibly more time if the Yankees decide that his right knee surgically repaired needs more time, the New York team of the American League can not afford to lose also to Severino for a prolonged period.
The Mexican Luis Cessa, 26, is the favorite to replace Sabathia in the first round through the rotation.
Meanwhile, two other rights, Dominic Domingo and Nicaraguan Jonathan Loaisiga would be candidates for a rotation position if Severino was not ready when the season begins on March 28 against the Orioles.