Yanks put Luis Severino on IL with lat strain, activate Loáisiga

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NEW YORK — Luis Severino is back on the injured list – the first real hiccup for the New York Yankees’ rotation this season.

The oft-injured Severino was placed on the 15-day IL on Thursday, one day after leaving his start against Cincinnati with right shoulder tightness.

Severino had an MRI that showed a low-grade strain to his right latissimus dorsi muscle. Before the team even announced the test results, manager Aaron Boone acknowledged it was likely the right-hander would miss some time.

“I don’t think it’s (anything) bad,” Severino said.

It’s the first significant setback this year for a terrific New York rotation that’s remained almost entirely healthy, a huge reason the Yankees have built the best record in baseball with a few days left before the All-Star break.

Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Jameson Taillon, Severino and Jordan Montgomery combined to start 84 of the club’s first 88 games.

“Hoping it’s not something that’s too serious,” Boone said.

New York selected right-hander Ryan Weber to the major league roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The team also reinstated reliever Jonathan Loaisiga from the 15-day injured list. The right-hander had been sidelined since May 23 with shoulder inflammation.

“He’s in a really good place mentally. He’s ready to go,” Boone said. “He feels absolutely ready to roll, and excited to get him back tonight.”

Severino is 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 86 innings. He’s made 16 starts after missing most of the past three seasons due to injuries.

He went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 2018 and was selected for his second consecutive All-Star team. After signing a $40 million, four-year contract in February 2019, Severino strained his latissimus dorsi muscle and didn’t make his first start that year until Sept. 17. He made two more in the postseason, then had Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020.

Severino returned last Sept. 21 and made four relief appearances plus another in the AL wild-card game.

“He knows how important he is to this team. We all know what he’s been through the last few years,” Boone said.

The 28-year-old Severino served up three straight home runs to the Reds in the second inning Wednesday night. Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas and Stuart Fairchild all connected in a span of five pitches.

After Boone and an athletic trainer came to the mound, Severino finished the inning. He went to the mound to start the third and threw a warmup pitch, then walked off and was replaced by rookie JP Sears, who was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

Severino averaged 94.1 mph with 18 fastballs, down from his season average of 96.1 mph.

“He obviously knows his body well and obviously with the injury history he’s had over the last few years and what he’s had to deal with, we weren’t going to mess with it. And he was clear, like, “‘I’m not going to do anything stupid here,”‘ Boone said.

“It seemed like at the end of the second inning, kind of stuff-wise came back a little. Got the punch-out, got the top of the order out. And it looked like, OK. But then when he went out to warm up that next inning, just felt that tightness there still. And just, I think smartly pulled himself.”

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.