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Luis Severino sidelined with forearm soreness

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Luis Severino missed almost all of last season due to lat and shoulder issues. After making three regular season appearances and two postseason appearances, the expectation was that he’d get a full, regular offseason’s worth of rest and come back for 2020 as the armed and fully-operational ace that he once was.

About that:

He was was scratched from a scheduled bullpen session and will he examined by a doctor tomorrow. Brian Cashman said that, regardless of what the doctor finds, Severino will be shut down for at least a few days. Manager Aaron Boone said it’s been an off and on issue all offseason and that it’s “concerning.” Cashman said it’s “unknown if this is gonna be a significant issue that we’re gonna be dealing with that’s gonna cost us a lot of time, or if it’s a small issue.”

Severino went 19-8 in 32 starts in 2018, posting a 3.39 ERA across 191.1 innings. He pitched 20.1 innings last year between the regular and postseasons. He’s now beginning 2020 on the sidelines and people are “concerned.”

That’s not what the Yankees, who are already without James Paxton and suspended starter Domingo Germán, need right now.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.