Friday, January 1, 2016

No Innings Limit Expected for Luis Severino in 2016

The New York Yankees have a habit of toying with their young starting pitchers a little too much with a mixed bag of reviews. The use of Michael Pineda and Joba Chamberlain are well documented with laundry lists of injuries and setbacks attached to both while the use of Adam Warren and Phil Hughes worked out, health wise, for the most part for the club. All four either had innings limits set on them or they were moved back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen taking the pitchers out of their comfort zone. The team tried a new tactic with Luis Severino this time around keeping him out of long starts at the beginning of 2015 in hopes of having him fresh at the end of the 2015 campaign and the plan for 2016 has seemingly been released.

Joe Girardi revealed that, in an interview with, Severino would not have a huge limit on his innings in 2016. Severino pitched a shade over 99 innings in 19 starts between Double-A and Triple-A last season and threw another 62 innings in the Major Leagues last season. Sticking with the "no more than 30 innings increase per season" logic that has since been shot down around the league Severino would be good to go around 190 innings in 2016. No Yankees pitcher threw that many innings in 2015 and no Yankees pitcher is likely to throw that many in 2016, not if the Yankees bullpen is as good as it was this season as it was last season.

Severino will likely have his innings limited just a tad at the beginning of the season. Severino may be the Yankees #2 starter in theory but he may pitch later in the rotation so the club can take advantage of the early off days to give him, and the rest of the Yankees starters, some extra rest. Either way it doesn't look like there is going to be another episode of the "Severino Rules" or anything like that any time soon.

That's the plan anyway.

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