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Yankees starter Luis Severino leaves start vs. Reds with shoulder tightness

Luis Severino left Wednesday night’s game with right shoulder tightness. The Yankee right-hander gave up three consecutive home runs in the top of the second inning, came out to try and warm up in the top of the third and then walked off the field saying enough.

The Yankees said he was examined by a team doctor at the Stadium and is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone came to the mound with a trainer in the second inning to check on Severino after the three bottom hitters in the Reds lineup homered off him. Severino stepped off the mound, taking Boone with him, and apparently talked his way into finishing the inning. He coaxed a ground out from leadoff hitter Jonathan India, got Brandon Drury to strike out and then got a ground out from Tommy Pham.

Severino came out to throw warmup pitches in the top of the third but walked off the field.

He threw 43 pitches, 37 for strikes. Severino gave up four runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Severino came into the game 5-3 with a 3.11 ERA and had scouts around the game marveling about how he had not missed any time this season. The 28-year-old, however, has missed most of the last three seasons with injuries. A lat injury cost him most of 2019 and he had Tommy John surgery in March 2020. He had several setbacks during his rehab last season and only returned in September.

Severino had only pitched 27.2 innings from 2019-2021, but had looked fine until Wednesday night. He’s thrown 86 innings this season, including the two disastrous innings against the Reds.

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