NEW YORK CITY — By the Yankees’ requirements, the event for their Major League-leading 11th walk-off win of the season appeared nearly soft. Sure, there was the requisite rush towards home base for high-fives and back-slapping, and somebody made it rain bubble gum and sunflower seeds. But there is likewise fresh issue about a Luis Severino injury and what it might imply.
Bothered by tightness in his best shoulder, Severino gave up 3 successive crowning achievement in the 2nd inning, then cut his warmup tosses brief prior to the next frame. The Yankees conquered his early exit, as Giancarlo Stanton punched a game-tying homer and DJ LeMahieu commemorated his 34th birthday by scoring the winning work on a wild pitch in a 7-6, 10-inning triumph over the Reds on Wednesday.
“I think we all knew he was struggling a little bit in the second inning,” LeMahieu stated. “He was trying to push through it and said he couldn’t go anymore, couldn’t let it loose. Our starters have been doing such a great job rolling out there every five days. If he goes down, hopefully he doesn’t miss too many starts, if any.”
Severino stated that he felt the tightness in his shoulder early in the day and was never ever rather able to alleviate it; the Yankees observed a dip in the right-hander’s speed readings early on Wednesday, apparently stalled in the low 90s as he tried to safeguard his body.
Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas and Stuart Fairchild all homered off Severino in the 2nd inning, enhancing Cincinnati to an early four-run lead and illustration supervisor Aaron Boone to the mound with head athletic fitness instructor Tim Lentych in tow.
Severino informed Boone that “everything was good” and fixed to toss with full blast, retiring the next 3 batters. Those would be the last of the 43 main pitches that Severino tossed on Wednesday, as he discovered that the tightness was still there when he attempted to return for the 3rd inning.
“My first pitch was like 90, 91 [mph]. That’s not me,” Severino stated. “After that second inning, when I was warming up, it was getting worse. I told myself, ‘Before something even bigger happens, stop it right here.’ Hopefully it’s not something that will take that much time.”
Starting pitching was an unforeseen strength of this Yankees club in the season’s very first months, a substantial reason they have actually matched a franchise record with 62 wins prior to the All-Star break and still rate the American League East by 2 goals. Still, basic supervisor Brian Cashman would be smart to look for depth as the Aug. 2 Trade Deadline methods.
Jameson Taillon has actually had a hard time strongly in his last 4 starts, allowing 20 runs over 21 innings, Nestor Cortes’ innings will need management down the stretch and — after missing out on the majority of the previous 3 seasons due to injury — Severino’s work was an issue even prior to he went back to the dugout in the 3rd inning.
“That’s getting ahead of ourselves,” Boone stated. “Let’s see what we’ve got. I certainly don’t like seeing him come out. You hope for the best tomorrow, but at least on [first] exam, there were no alarming things.”
In 16 starts this season, Severino has actually published a 3.45 period throughout 86 innings, allowing 67 hits and 14 homers with 95 strikeouts. It has actually marked his healthiest and most substantial major league task because 2018, losing the majority of the previous 3 seasons to injuries.
Severino was sidelined in March 2019 by rotator cuff swelling and a lat pressure, then he went through Tommy John surgical treatment in February ’20. He sustained a groin pressure while pitching in the Minors in June ’21, then he was held up once again in August ’21 by shoulder tightness.
“In his mind, with his injury history, I think he gets a little cautious,” Boone stated.
With a check out to the MRI tube on deck for Thursday, Severino stated that he was pleased to see his colleagues choose him up. Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s three-run double highlighted a five-run 3rd inning for the Yankees, though left-hander JP Sears returned the lead in a two-run 5th inning, allowing Joey Votto’s run-scoring guideline double and a Tyler Stephenson sacrifice fly.
Otherwise, Sears — who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the video game — pitched well over 3 2/3 innings. Stanton punched his 23rd crowning achievement of the season in the 8th inning, a 345-foot opposite-field drive off Ian Gibaut that simply cleared the brief deck in best field.
Clay Holmes pitched out of problem in a less-than-automatic ninth inning, browsing around a walk and infield hit, and Michael King caused an inning-ending double play in the 10th. With Stanton batting, LeMahieu rushed house when Alexis Díaz’s 2nd wild pitch of the inning skittered towards the backstop, assisting the Yankees enhance to 6-2 in extra-inning video games this season.
“They kind of gave us one,” LeMahieu stated.