TRENTON – It appears the injury bug that has bit the Yankees’ rotation in 2014 has worked its way into the minor leagues as well. After being scratched from his scheduled start last Sunday, Luis Severino was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique prior to Saturday’s matchup between the Trenton Thunder and the Bowie Baysox.
Severino, who has dominated at Charleston and Tampa this season, looked very sharp in his first three starts with the Thunder. In 21 starts over three levels this season, Severino is 6-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched.
Ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the New York Yankees Farm System during their midseason update, Severino was not available during pre-game to comment on the injury, but was spotted entering the trainer’s room.
Thunder manager Tony Franklin deemed the move “precautionary” on Saturday, and indicated that Severino would not be reevaluated for at least a week.
“No need to rush. Everybody knows it’s a mild oblique,” Franklin said. “He’s working at it and trying to feel his way through this. I think this is a good move.”
As for when the organization’s top prospect could return to the field, Franklin remained coy.
“I’m not saying he’s done for the year, but I can’t give you a specific date when we think he’s going to return,” Franklin noted. “It all depends on how he’s going to feel. He’s a tough kid, he wants to get out there, no question about that.”
“We’re going to see how he feels in a few weeks or a week or so and then we can decide,” Franklin added. “If we can get him back out, great. If not, there’s always next year.”
Severino has been rumored as a potential call-up by the Yankees in September, but it seems likely that the oblique injury will change those plans, if they were indeed in place.