Yankees will ‘probably’ shut down Luis Severino for two weeks

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Luis Severino would “probably” be out for just two weeks with the low-level strain that landed the right-hander on the injured list last week.

This time frame could be shortened depending on how Severino feels.

That would be good news for Severino and the Yankees, as he missed much of the 2019 season after suffering a Grade 2 strain in April 2019.

Boone said he hadn’t put together his full rotation after the All-Star break, but Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon would likely start the doubleheader in Houston on Thursday.

Whenever Severino’s spot comes up, Domingo German thinks of slipping in after another, he made a solid start to rehabilitation Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“[German] could potentially start after the break,’ Boone said ahead of the Yankees’ blowout 14-1 win over the Red Sox at Stadium.

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But the manager has also left open the possibility of using the German in a long reliever role now that the right-hander has recovered from the right shoulder impact that sidelined him in the spring.

The German was built to throw around 80 shots if the Yankees choose to start him in the second half.

The news was not so encouraging for Miguel Castro, who was sent to IL for 15 days on Saturday with a strained right shoulder.

Boone said Castro will be closed for up to four weeks, although he will be reassessed in two weeks and that schedule may change.

Rather than calling a pitcher to take Castro’s spot on the roster, the Yankees called up fast outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

Boone added that Tyler Wade, recently acquired in a trade with the Angels after being designated for an assignment, was not a consideration.

Since calling Locastro instead of a pitcher, the Yankees were somewhat shorthanded in the bullpen, but Ryan Weber pitched three scoreless innings in their 14-1 rout of the Red Sox at Stadium to land his first career stoppage.

After initially indicating he wanted to compete in the Home Run Derby, Giancarlo Stanton said he was opting out of Monday’s exhibition in order to rest up before Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

“Our schedule has been crazy and we have a short break,” Stanton told The Post’s Ian O’Connor.

“And then it’s going to be two days less for me, so I just need time to rest. …I’m going to enjoy Monday and watch and play Tuesday and come back to it.”

A drone hovered over the stadium’s outdoor seats during the match. A team spokesperson said they are aware of this and the NYPD is investigating.

Even with right-hander Nick Pivetta on the mound Saturday for the Red Sox, Joey Gallo and his left-handed bat were out of the lineup.

When asked if he would consider giving the struggling Gallo a few consecutive days off in an effort to get him out of his year-long funk as a Yankee, Boone noted that he gave the outfielder some consecutive days off several times.

“But also, he’s a big part of this team and we want him to keep coming through,” Boone said. “Let’s hope the [All-Star] a break will serve him well and let him breathe out a bit.

In his last five games, Gallo is 1 for 12 with four walks and six strikeouts, part of a 21-game streak in which he went just 4 for 55 with a pair of hits. added hits, three RBIs, 14 walks and 27 strikeouts since June 18.

The Yankees went with Matt Carpenter — who hit two three-run homers and had seven RBIs — in right field, with Aaron Hicks at left, Aaron Judge at center and Giancarlo Stanton at DH.

DJ LeMahieu has been hitting a lot of singles lately. He’s 15-for-49 (.306) in his last 13 games, but he hasn’t had an extra hit in that streak. … Josh Donaldson was back in the lineup at third base Saturday and started a run after a pinch hit in the loss Friday night. Donaldson split his fingernail when he was pierced in the right hand by a pitch Thursday.

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