Luis Severino’s demotion to the minors didn’t last long.
In fact, he didn’t spent any time there at all.
Severino, optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday after allowing five runs and seven hits in 4 1⁄3 innings Tuesday night in Boston, was recalled Friday afternoon when Nathan Eovaldi was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow tendon injury.
Severino said he was preparing to head to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre late Thursday when he was informed that it wouldn’t be necessary, that he likely will start Sunday’s game against the Rays instead.
Though the 22-year-old certainly would rather pitch in the majors than in Scranton, he said, “I wasn’t happy because Eovaldi got hurt.”
How hurt Eovaldi is remains a mystery. Joe Girardi several times has used the word “concerned” to describe his state of mind.
Eovaldi underwent a dye contrast MRI on Thursday and was evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad. Eovaldi, as is his right, asked to see another doctor for a second opinion, an appointment that has not yet taken place.
As for Severino, the Yankees sent him back down because they wanted him to commit to throwing a changeup he all but abandoned in spring training.
“We’ll do it in the bullpen and hopefully it translates into the game on Sunday,” Girardi said. “It’s not the ideal situation, but a lot of times when players get called back, or called up, it’s not the ideal situation and you’ve got to deal with it.”
Late to the party
Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run double in the eighth Thursday night was the Yankees’ latest go-ahead hit when trailing (in terms of the inning it occurred) since Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer in the eighth on Aug. 14, 2015, gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead in Toronto.
The Yankees entered Friday night with 33 come-from-behind victories this season, tied for second most in the majors with the Orioles and Dodgers. The Rangers have 36.