After a few days of uncertainty regarding Luis Severino's status, the Yankees got their answer on Tuesday, as the club announced that the right-hander will have Tommy John Surgery on Thursday after feeling discomfort throwing change-ups in Tampa at spring training.
So now that the Bombers know for sure that Severino will miss the 2020 season, combined with the fact that James Paxton will miss extended time due to back surgery, where does the team go from here?
GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn't expect any immediate "domino effect" in terms of immediate trades, and SNY's Andy Martino explained on Tuesday's Baseball Night in New York that the team is comfortable with their internal options.
"(Cashman) thinks he can operate with their depth because he saw evidence of that last year," Martino explained. "Every team has questions at the back end of the rotation, and the Yankees would obviously prefer to have fewer questions with Luis Severino at the front end of that rotation and having everything flow from there, but they do have some arms in the back end that could work.
"They had Chad Green open 15 times last year. The ERA's up because of a couple of really bad outings, but consistently that was a system that worked."
Every member of the Yankees' starting rotation will be affected by Severino's absence, but it's J.A. Happ that may receive the most external pressure to up his game.
Following a shaky 2019 season in which the lefty pitched to a 4.91 ERA and a 1.295 WHIP, Happ has given the Yankees reason to believe he can bounce back to his 2018 form, when he went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA after being traded to the Bronx.
"Talking to Yankees people about Happ, they are genuinely confident and feeling good about what they're going to get with him," said Martino.
"The Yankees are expecting good things out of him, not just because they need him, but because they still like him as a pitcher."