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Luis Severino shut down for two weeks with rotator cuff inflammation

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Yankees starter Luis Severino was scratched from today’s game — his first scheduled spring training game — after he left the field during warmups with “right shoulder discomfort.” The Yankees said that he wouldl undergo further examination and evaluation this afternoon, including an MRI.

He’s had his MRI and the news, while not terrible, is not great either: Severino has been diagnosed with “rotator cuff inflammation” and will be shut down for two weeks. Given that he has yet to pitch in a spring training game, and given that Opening Day is just over three weeks away, that makes him “high unlikely” to be ready to start the season according to manager Aaron Boone.

The Yankees are lacking in starting pitching depth. If Severino’s injury proves more troublesome and requires more than a two week rest, they could have some problems on their hands.

Severino just signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension which will take him through the 2022 season, with a club option for the 2023 season. He finished ninth in AL Cy Young Award balloting last season, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and a 220/46 K/BB ratio in 191 1/3 innings. He also finished third in AL Cy Young Award balloting in 2017.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.