Severino left the Yankees’ Game 2 loss after four innings.
Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino left Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday with an apparent injury, but manager Joe Girardi said after the game that it was simply a scare.
Severino was lifted after four innings, with the game tied 1–1. It was unclear what the source of the problem was, but he was visited on the mound and also hit in his non-throwing hand by a comebacker in the previous inning. He was replaced by Tommy Kahnle.
Girardi said the issue was Severino’s shoulder and that he was fine. That would seem to leave the door open for him to return later in the series.
The 23-year-old has been a breakout star for the Yankees this season, with a 2.98 ERA and 230 strikeouts over 31 regular season starts. Were he to miss time, New York’s World Series hopes would take a major hit.
The Astros lead the series 2–0 after winning Saturday’s game in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the ninth.