Yankees’ Luis Severino heading to 15-day DL with triceps strain

Severino, 22, dropped to 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA on the season with Friday’s pounding. There had been talk the Yankees would send him to Triple-A. Last season Severino went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts, his MLB debut.

The Yankees have not announced who will replace Severino in the rotation. They are already without CC Sabathia, who is on the DL himself with a groin strain.

I feel like this is generally the time of year when I start to get a handle on which teams I might like in the upcoming season. The draft is a few weeks back, rosters start to settle, there is little meat remaining on the free agent bone and the schedules are out.

We don’t yet know which teams will be crushed by unavoidable injuries. We don’t know which undrafted free agents will become impact players. We don’t know which third-year players will get over the hump and turn into regular contributors. And we don’t know which quarterbacks will emerge as legit guys you can build around. But we do have a good idea of which teams seem to have amassed a surplus of talent and seem fortified to withstand the onslaught of inevitable turmoil yet to come.

Maeda, for his part, did say he plans to throw his fastball more going forward, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of difference that adjustment makes. His first four starts being what they were, you obviously want to stick it out with him.

He wasn’t really the headliner for the Dodgers on Monday, though. No, that honor went to a platoon outfielder whose brother is more famous than he is.
1. Big bats finding bigger roles

I’m referring, of course, to Trayce Thompson, brother to Steph Curry partner-in-crime Klay Thompson, who went yard twice in a spot start for Yasiel Puig.

Steve Pearce is a different story. I touched on him last week, but between the Rays’ willingness to play him at second base and Forsythe’s shoulder injury, Pearce is now almost guaranteed to play every day. And with six home runs now in 80 at-bats, he’s looking much like the slugger who produced a .930 OPS in a semi-regular role two years ago. He’s also just a game away from gaining eligibility at second base and, after shifting to third base late Monday, is only three games away from gaining eligibility at that position.

That’s quadruple eligibility, possibly, for a player with verified middle-of-the-order power who’s striking out at much lower rate than during his disappointing 2015. With so many hitter spots to fill in a standard Rotisserie league, I don’t know how someone so versatile and so potentially productive can go unowned. And yet he is in 80 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.
2. Rookie reversal

One turn after Sean Manaea imploded for eight earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, Jose Berrios got his rude awakening Monday at Detroit, allowing seven earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning with four walks and one strikeout.

Thomas is a fun one there, as the conversation regarding the greatest DH of all-time should contain both Thomas and Ortiz along with Edgar Martinez and Jim Thome. Sixteenth place, for those curious, is Mike Schmidt with 548. Ortiz would need a 45-homer season to get there and that’s not happening — though, boy, would that be something.

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