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Luis Severino exits AL Wild Card game start after one-third of an inning


Tuesday’s start against the Twins in the American League Wild Card game didn’t go according to plan for Luis Severino. The Yankees’ right-hander didn’t have any command, though his fastball sat in the high 90’s and occasionally hit 100.

Brian Dozier started the game by slugging a 3-1 fastball to left field for a solo home run — the Twins’ first leadoff home run in the playoffs. After getting Joe Mauer to foul out, Severino walked Jorge Polanco, then served up a two-run line drive home run to right field off of the bat of Eddie Rosario.

The Twins kept applying pressure. Eduardo Escobar lined a single to center field and Max Kepler lined a change-up to right field, advancing to second base when right fielder Aaron Judge bobbled the ball. Manager Joe Girardi, who was seen during Kepler’s at-bat with his head in the crook of his arm on the dugout rail, came out and replaced Severino with Chad Green.

Green struck out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro, stranding both inherited runners. All told, Severino threw 29 pitches, giving up the three runs on four hits and a walk with no strikeouts. On the bright side, his line score could’ve been worse if not for Green.

Update: Didi Gregorius tied the game a three apiece with a three-run home run off of Ervin Santana in the bottom half of the first. Severino isn’t in line for the loss anymore!

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.