Yankees: Brian Cashman discusses Luis Severino, Jasson Dominguez, and other topics

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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman talked to reporters over Zoom on Friday, and covered lots of topics, most notably Luis Severino’s recovery and an update on top outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez.

Regarding Severino, the Yankees’ boss said that he is still going through his rehab from last spring’s Tommy John surgery. He declined to say exactly when he will return to mound work, but he did say that the team expects him to do it “shortly.”

“I don’t want to give the wrong information, [but] it’s going really well,” Cashman said on Severino’s progression. “. … He’s due to get on the mound again shortly. … but I don’t have the exact bullpen date.”

About Dominguez, who is by most outlets the Yankees’ top prospects, Cashman said that he is honing his skills while he waits for a minor league season to take place, like every other prospect.

“He’s like everybody else in the minor league population waiting for a minor league/spring training report time and then seeing where it takes him,” Cashman said. “He’s now one of many that will be competing for a spot on a roster, and what roster that turns out to be remains to be seen. But all those evaluations will take place when we have a collection of all the talent, including himself.

“We need to get his career going just like a number of the other prospects that we have.”

The Yankees’ GM also talked about Gleyber Torres

Cashman recently said that Yankees’ shortstop Gleyber Torres had reported to last year summer camp out of shape. However, that is not the case this time around.

“He’s in good shape,” Cashman said. “I believe everyone’s reported in top shape and ready to get after it, so that’s a really encouraging circumstance — that’s the way you want it out of the starting gate. It sounds like everybody here for 2021 spring training showed up ready to go.”

Torres just homered in Friday’s spring training game and looks poised for a huge bounceback season.