Shit. It appears as though Luis Severino will be missing the start of the regular season with rotator cuff inflammation which is scary as hell. Shoulder injuries tend to linger longer with no real solution outside of just ‘rest’.
If the season were to start today, Severino would be gone. CC Sabathia would be gone. Jordan Montgomery is still gone. Luis Cessa and Domingo German are the 4th and 5th starters. Ew.
Here are 5 ways the New York Yankees can overtime this Luis Severino injury:
1. Dallas Keuchel
Personally, I hate this man. I watched him shut down the Yankees in a Wild Card Play-In game 4 years ago and I’ve never forgiven him. I also hate him for how much money he’s going to cost in order to add him to the rotation but he is without a doubt the best pitcher on the market.
Last season, Keuchel had a 3.74 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. At best, he’s the ace he was for Houston around 2015-16. At worst, he’s an experienced innings eater that you can trust for 6-7 quality innings before handing the ball off to the best bullpen in baseball.
Yes, he’s going to be expensive as hell but Yankees fans were screaming about Manny Machado and Bryce Harper who were both far more expensive than Keuchel and way less necessary. Just pay Keuchel whatever he wants and make that money back with a Dallas Keuchel bobblehead night this summer.
2. Gio Gonzalez
Speaking of experienced veterans, meet Gio Gonzalez who will be cheaper than Keuchel and way more willing to sign a 1-year deal to win a quick championship with the Bronx Bombers.
I still don’t understand why the biggest franchise in the world would be penny pinching but Gonzalez is the perfect one year option to plug in whenever a starter is missing.
3. Big Sexy
Sure, Bartolo Colon is turning 46 this season and he’s a walking joke but I still feel like he has some HGH left in that throwing arm and he’ll only need to fill in for Severino for like, a month.
The Bronx needs Big Sexy and Deadseriousness needs this content. Pull the trigger Brian Cashman, you coward.
4. Chance Adams
I will continue to scream at the top of my lungs that I do not understand why Chance Adams made his debut last season, showed that he clearly has stuff and had no run support. Then he never started another game. But Lance Lynn did. Oooookay.
In his first start, he piched 5 innings and allowed only 3 runs against the World Series Red Sox. Biggest game of his life and he only gave up 3 hits. But the Yankees didn’t score a run until the 9th inning.
Why is he not on the major league roster right now and why isn’t he the first name called. Get Luis Cessa the fuuuuuck out of here.
5. Chad Green
I’m not in love with ‘openers’ mainly because that’s some real Tampa Bay Devil Ray nonsense. Also real quick, how insane was it that the Oakland A’s had a 1-game Wild Card against the Yankees last season and just sent out a relief pitcher to start the game? Waving the white flag for sure.
The difference is, Chad Green can actually pitch multiple innings. He’s been a starter in the past and can for sure eat up innings. I’m not sure the Yankees want to start the year by messing up Chad Green’s arm in April but it’s an option.
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