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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino gave up three straight homers to Cincinnati and left Wednesday’s opener against the Reds with right shoulder strain.
Severino, whose speed had slowed, was due to have an MRI on Thursday. The 28-year-old right-hander allowed home runs to Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas and Stuart Fairchild over a four-pitch span in the second.
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After Yankees manager Aaron Boone and an athletic trainer took the mound, Severino finished the inning. He went to the mound to start the third and threw a warm-up pitch, then walked away and was replaced by rookie JP Sears.
Severino averaged 94.1 mph with 18 fastballs, down from his season average of 96.1 mph.
He won 19 games in 2018 and was selected to his second straight All-Star team. After signing a four-year, $40 million deal in February 2019, Severino injured his latissimus dorsi muscle and didn’t make his first start until Sept. 17. He made two more in the postseason and then had Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27. , 2020.
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Severino returned on Sept. 21 and made four relief appearances plus another in the AL wild-card game.
He is 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 17 starts.
Farmer hit a 431-foot drive to left on Severino’s slider, Moustakas hit a changeup and Fairchild hit a 92-mph fastball. This was the third time Severino had allowed three home runs in a game, the first since Aug. 28, 2017, against Cleveland.
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Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Jameson Taillon, Severino and Jordan Montgomery combined to make 84 of the Yankees’ first 88 starts. with Sears getting two and Clarke Schmidt and Luis Gil getting one each.