In light of Thursday's news that Luis Severino would be shut down at spring training and Friday's frustrating comments from the two-time All-Star RHP, manager Aaron Boone wanted to add more clarity but couldn't.
Meeting with reporters early Friday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Boone was asked about Severino's situation. The Yankees, however, still don't know what's wrong with the 26-year-old.
After forearem soreness from late in the 2019 season resurfaced, Severino is set to leave Tampa and head for New York, where he will undergo further tests starting Monday.
"He's going to go to New York on Monday and he'll be up there for three days, kind of going through a battery of tests," Boone said, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera. "We'll go through some of the ones we already had, but go through a number more to try and get to the bottom of what's going on, because it is a bit of an unknown for us right now. So I know you guys want that (answer) right now, but we're really not going to know much until he gets through those few days and, hopefully, we'll have a better idea."
Severino met the media earlier in the morning, expressing frustration with his latest arm issue after he entered the 2020 season stressing the importance of staying healthy.
Talking to Murti two days ago, Severino said that he felt "pretty great," expanding on his optimistic outlook for 2020 after missing almost all of 2019 with multiple injuries.
"I feel pretty great," Severino said. "Last year was a tough year for me, but this year I changed a little bit of my routine. We talked to the trainers and made a really good program to come here healthy."
After missing the first five-and-a-half months of last year, starting on the 10-day injured list March 25 with right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and a Grade 2 lat strain, the combination of the two ailments moved him to the 60-day injured list April 25.
But Severino came back to make three regular-season starts Sept. 17, 22 and 28, going 1-1 with a 1.50 earned-run average and 17 strikeouts to six walks in 12.0 innings pitched.
"For me, the main thing for me is be healthy," Severino said last Wednesday. "It's a long season, so we have to take care of a lot of things. But this year, my goal is to be healthy, help my team and just know, as a team, it's get to the World Series and win it."
Since earning his August 2015 call-up to the major-league level, Severino is 42-26 with a 3.46 ERA and 589 strikeouts against 150 walks through 99 games (88 starts) over 530 innings. He made two postseason starts, one each in the ALDS and ALCS, going 0-1 with 10 strikeouts to five walks over 8.1 frames.
"The good thing is that, last year, I came (back) and threw a couple games before the postseason," said Severino, whose first bullpen was scheduled for last Thursday. "So I threw in the postseason, too. This year, I feel ready to start pitching in the beginning of the season."