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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees in action against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on May 13, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The White Sox defeated the Yankees 7-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Luis Severino optioned to minors


After another poor start, Luis Severino was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees called up newly acquire Blake Parker to take his spot.

Severino has been struggling mightily out of the rotation going 1-7 with a 6.42 ERA including last nights start in which he gave up 5 runs in 4.1 innings. The reason for Severino’s struggles has been his  non-confidence in his change up. 

The Yankees want the 22-year-old to work on it as he has completely shied away from the pitch in his last start. Against Boston last night, he threw only one change up. Out of the bullpen Severino pitched much better. His fastball and slider command were increasingly better, however, his continued struggles are worrisome for the Yankees.

The team had high hopes for Severino entering the season but he has gone completely backwards. Joel Sherman of the New York Daily News reports that Chad Green is lined up to start Sunday. For now, Parker will take Severino’s spot.

New York claimed Parker off waivers from Seattle yesterday. The 31-year-old had a 2.72 ERA in 39.2 innings for the Mariners Triple-A team.

The team also announced they have released Ike Davis.