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Luis Severino to be shut down for six weeks due to lat strain

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The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reports that Yankees starter Luis Severino will be shut down from throwing for six weeks due to a Grade 2 lat strain. As Adler notes, this is a new injury. Severino began the season on the injured list due to rotator cuff inflammation. The Yankees believe Severino suffered the lat injury following his rotator cuff diagnosis.

Severino, 25, may not pitch until the second half of the season. That’s bad news for the Yankees as Severino has established himself as one of the best starters in baseball over the past two seasons. A two-time All-Star, Severino went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 striekouts across 191 1/3 innings last season, helping the Yankees reach the postseason.

Domingo Germán has filled in for Severino in the rotation. So far, so good. Through his first two starts, Germán has limited the opposition to three runs (two earned) on three hits and seven walks with 10 strikeouts over 11 innings. The seven walks, however, don’t portend sustained success, so Severino’s latest setback may further encourage the Yankees to consider starter Dallas Keuchel, who is still a free agent.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.