Stanton vs. Severino: Which Yankee Is Affected Most by Injuries?

Luis Severino scattered six hits over seven innings and improved to 18-8.Credit...Brad Penner/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

For the past two seasons, both Luis Severino and Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees have been fun to watch. However, one critical aspect fans are upset at them both for: they are known for becoming injured. You’ve most likely seen them on the Injured List often. But there is one question to think about: which Yankees player is affected by injuries the most during his time on the Yankees? To answer this, we need to look at one significant injury by both of them.

Severino: Ace No More?

After finding success in 2017 and 2018 by winning 33 games total, Luis Severino was inches away from becoming the Yankees leading ace. His 2019 season began and ended pretty quickly after inflammation caused him to miss most of his season. He was able to make only five starts in the entire 2019 season and won just two games (including the postseason)

When the 2019 season was over, the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole. A deadly combination of Cole and Severino would do wonders for the Yankees pitching rotation. Sadly those 1-2 punch dreams were dead in a matter of a week. Severino has now been shut down at the beginning of Spring Training due to a forearm injury. When manager Aaron Boone had Severino return to specialists, it turned out that he needed Tommy John surgery. 

Seeing players receive Tommy John surgery is always tough, but when it’s your team that player needs the operation on, it makes it even tougher on fans. There is one upside to “Sevy” being out. The Yankees were able to clinch the AL East without Severino last season, so with that experience, they can do it again.

Stanton’s Time in New York

When the Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton back in 2017, they wanted to make a statement to the rest of the league that they wanted to return to winning ways. The Yankees received a potent bat to go along with Aaron Judge, who just finished his rookie season. While Stanton’s first season with the Yankees was good, his next season was where the injuries began to start. After a knee and a bicep injury in the 2019 season, he was pretty much out for the season.

Though he did play in 18 games, his stats proved that the injuries affected him. With the lowest amount of hits and home runs throughout the season, he is looking to rebound in 2020. But, injuries are continuing for Stanton, because on February 26th, 2020, he has a Grade-1 calf strain. This will make him miss a couple of weeks, including Opening Day in Baltimore.

The Final Conclusion

To answer the main question of who is the most affected player when it comes to injuries, it is most likely Luis Severino. With Tommy John surgery, it will always be hard for players to change the way their careers will last in the MLB. When Severino does come back, his pitching will look different after the surgery. Either way, many fans hope to see him succeed in pinstripes.

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