TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation.

Severino had been scheduled to start on opening day on March 28 but was scratched from his first planned spring training appearance on March 5. He felt discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.

"He's going to have to start from scratch and have his spring training," general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. "If it needs to be more, we've got to make sure we don't have a problem with it."

Severino is set to resume playing catch next week.

"I feel nothing right now," Severino said. "I want to deal with this issue and be 100 percent."

Cashman also said center fielder Aaron Hicks, sidelined since hurting his back during batting practice on March 1, might not be ready for opener against Baltimore.

"Optimism has be to more of a question mark. I don't know," Cashman said. "I think he'll be healthy prior to opening day," Cashman said. "It's just will he have enough at-bats, defensive reps, conditioning in advance. If we feel that it's better to err on the side of caution and give him some extra time to go through a mini-spring training, that's the decision we have to make."

Severino is a two-time All-Star who is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA. He went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA last year but lost five of his last 11 decisions.


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Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ are also projected to be in the Yankees' rotation.

Sabathia, who had a stent inserted in December after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart, is expected to miss his first two or three regular season starts. The lefty will have his first simulated game Saturday.

Jonathan Loaisiga, Domingo German and Luis Cessa are competing for the two open rotation spots. Cashman didn't rule out the Yankees using a reliever in an opener role that the Tampa Bay Rays used extensively last season.

Hicks has been on the disabled list in all six of his big league seasons, nine trips in all for hamstring strains (three times), oblique strains (twice), shoulder, forearm and intercostal strains, and a concussion.

Hicks has been increasing up his non-baseball activities and said without any setbacks will be ready to start the regular season on time.

Phillies star Harper hit by pitch, exits

CLEARWATER, Fla. — New Phillies star Bryce Harper sustained a bruised right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn't overly worried about the injury.

Initial X-rays were negative, the club said. Harper then left the ballpark for more detailed X-rays.

"Bryce has a right foot contusion," Kapler said after a 3-2 win over Toronto. "Right now we don't have reason for major concern, but obviously we want to go inside and take a look first."

"Certainly extra scary given where we are in camp," he said. "We're confident and we understand we have a good club on the field and we're confident that Bryce is going to be all right."

Many in the crowd at Spectrum Field gasped when Harper was struck by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning. The slugging outfielder went down to the dirt, clutched his ankle and stayed on the ground for a few moments.

Harper was checked by a trainer, limped toward the dugout with assistance and soon hobbled toward the clubhouse.

Recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, Harper was playing his fourth exhibition. He is 0 for 5 in 10 plate appearances.

Nats CF Taylor could miss 'significant' time with knee, hip

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be sidelined with a sprained left knee and sprained left hip, leaving the club thin at that position with opening day less than two weeks away.

"I think he's going to miss a significant amount of time," manager Dave Martinez said Friday.

Taylor favored his left leg as he limped through the clubhouse earlier in the day before heading to have an MRI.

"He's a big part of our ballclub," Martinez said after getting test results. "So I just hope that he recovers quickly and we can get him back out there as soon as possible."

Indians reliever Clippard out 3-4 weeks

GOODYEAR, Arizona — Cleveland Indians reliever Tyler Clippard is expected to miss three to four weeks because of a mild pectoral strain.

Clippard, who signed a minor league contract on Feb. 23 with an invitation to spring training, left an exhibition game early on March 9 against Colorado. He felt discomfort during the return to his throwing progression this week.

The former All-Star would get $2.5 million if he makes the 40-man roster.