PHILADELPHIA — Luis Severino had to be helped off the field in the second inning of his rehab start on Saturday with an apparent foot injury.
The right-hander, coming back from last year’s Tommy John surgery, left the game while pitching for High-A Hudson Valley against the Cyclones in Brooklyn. It was his second rehab start and the Yankees expected him back in the rotation next month.
That return could well be delayed now, adding to the Yankees’ rotation troubles, with Corey Kluber out indefinitely with a right shoulder strain — and Jameson Taillon unable to get out of the first inning against the Phillies on Saturday.
The Yankees already figure to be in the market for a starting pitcher before the July 30 non-waiver trade deadline and if Severino is sidelined again for an extended period of time, that need would only grow more urgent.