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Yankees' Luis Severino Out Until At Least May 1

By WFAN.com

The Yankees will be without a pitcher Luis Severino until at least May 1, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday

Severino was scratched from his spring training debut March 5 with discomfort in his right , pitching shoulder. After undergoing an MRI, Severino was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation. He was then shut down from throwing for two weeks.

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Severino has not experienced any setbacks, Cashman said, but the rebulding program will take several weeks.

The Yankees signed Severino last month for a four-year, $ 40 million contract. Last season, she was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 1

.15 WHIP and struck out 220 batters.

Cashman also said pitcher CC Sabathia, who had knee and heart surgeries in the offseason, is expected to be ready at some point in April. He also has to serve a five-game suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay's Jesus Sucre near the end of last season.

The Yankees' GM also said he's leaving the door open for first basemen Luke Voit and Greg Bird to both make the Opening Day roster, but only in the same that Aaron Hicks (back) is not healthy by then. Cashman, however, has been optimized by the March 28 opener against the Orioles.

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