The New York Yankees decided to have Luis Severino make one more rehab start before rejoining the big club. They plan on having him complete one more start with double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder on Wednesday, before being considered for a callup.
Manager Aaron Boone spent his Saturday morning watching all 50 pitches of Severino’s last start with the Thunder. Watching Sevy run his fastball up to 97mph, the Yankees are enthusiastic about having him back in pinstripes.
Boone said that they want to build him up in a controlled environment. “I think just having a controlled environment where we could build him up a little bit more. We tried to avoid a situation where we brought him back and there is some kind of fluky long first inning to where you’re in a situation to where you want to pull him,” said Boone.
The New York Yankees intend to have Severino throw 60+ pitches in his Wednesday start. From there, he’ll most likely be reactivated from the injured list assuming everything goes well.
Severino's night is, presumably, over. 5 Ks in 3.0 IP, 1 run on 4 hits. 44 pitches (33 strikes) and hit 97 rather consistently. pic.twitter.com/TGnjdyvG46
— David Mendelsohn (@BigBabyDavid_) September 6, 2019
Following his last rehab start, Severino went three full innings while allowing one run on four hits. “I feel good, way better than the first time,” he said following the game. He mentioned that right now his main priority is having command of all his pitches. Severino expressed that his recovery process has changed in regards to what he’s eating and his postgame routine.
The 25-year-old has yet to step on a mound this season but holds a career 3.51 ERA and a 41-25 record.