It looks like the worst-case scenario for Luis Severino and the Yankees.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that team doctors have recommended Tommy John surgery for the 26-year-old right-hander.
Severino was shut down last week after feeling soreness in his forearm when throwing changeups, with the issue dating back to his final postseason start last year against the Astros. He was sent back to New York for a battery of tests, which revealed the extent of the troubling issue.
Severino did not make his 2019 debut until September after suffering an inflamed right rotator cuff and then straining a lat muscle. The flamethrower will not be returning at all in 2020 and it is possible he will not be ready for the start of the 2021 season.
Severino was expected to be the No. 2 starter behind newly acquired ace Gerrit Cole, following the back surgery that will sideline James Paxton for the start of the season.
The Yankees, who were once thought to have strong rotation depth, will now have to find two starters out of the group of Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga, Mike King, Luis Cessa and Deivi Garcia.
Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ will line up behind Cole at the top of the rotation, barring any other injuries this spring.