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MLB Roundup 3/16: Luis Severino to miss at least the first month of the year

And Bryce Harper limps off.

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Luis Severino out until at least May 1

Before the Yankees put a beatdown on the Red Sox on Friday, they got some rough news regarding their best pitcher. Luis Severino, who had already been deemed out for Opening Day, is going to be out until at least May 1 per Aaron Boone. That is obviously a big blow for the Yankees, who are also going to be without CC Sabathia to start the year. If it is only a month missed for Severino, it is obviously something New York can move past, as there is talent all over that roster. They still have guys like Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton in the rotation, not to mention a loaded bullpen and great lineup. They are going to be good with or without Severino. That said, he is fighting inflammation in his shoulder and those injuries always have the potential to linger in pitchers. When he’s healthy and on, the Yankees ace is one of the best pitchers in baseball, so it goes without saying his absence can only help the Red Sox.

Bryce Harper limps off field

The biggest story of this offseason in baseball was Bryce Harper signing his massive 13-year deal with the Phillies. One of the knocks against the former MVP has been some injuries over his career, and he may have suffered another on Friday. This one is hard to chalk up to injury tendencies, though. Philadelphia’s new slugger was nailed in the ankle with a 96 mph fastball and immediately fell to the ground. Eventually, he’d limp off the field and was taken out of the game. Harper did undergo some initial X-Rays on Friday that were negative, but there is still some evaluation to happen on Saturday. The whole league will be watching this one.