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Yanks want Severino focused on flexibility

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are wondering if Luis Severino's increased reps in the weight room may have contributed to his sophomore slump, and they have advised the right-hander to focus more on increasing his flexibility this offseason.

Severino appeared to have put on a considerable amount of muscle following his impressive debut campaign in 2015, when he went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Essentially guaranteed a spot in the rotation for '16, Severino responded by going 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts.

"There's a lot of theories," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.