Yankees get good news on Luis Severino’s shoulder

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The Yankees can breathe a sigh of relief after getting a second opinion on Luis Severino’s shoulder, even if they still don’t have all the answers on what’s ailing the right-hander.

Severino’s MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage in his shoulder, manager Aaron Boone said Thursday, but there is still little clarity on what caused the tightness he felt that led to being scratched from his rehab start last Friday — or when he will be able to pitch again.

“Overall, it was pretty good news from an MRI standpoint,” Boone said.

Severino underwent an MRI on Monday, but the Yankees delayed commenting on it while awaiting a second opinion.

The second opinion, from noted sports surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, agreed with the first, Boone said. The manager added that Severino might travel with the Yankees to the West Coast next week so he can visit ElAttrache in person to get more of a physical checkup.

“In the meantime, he probably won’t throw through this week,” Boone said. “But that’s something we’re monitoring day by day.”

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Boone said that Severino is currently “feeling pretty good,” but it remains to be seen when he will resume throwing again.

Severino was scratched from his scheduled rehab start Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — which could have been his last before returning to the Yankees if everything had gone well — after experiencing shoulder tightness.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020, Severino his first rehab assignment cut short in June after two starts due to a groin strain. He had made two more this month in his second attempt at a comeback, both coming at Double-A Somerset.

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