The New York Yankeesâ€™ rotation has been a strength this season. Gerrit Cole has been perhaps the best pitcher in baseball, Corey Kluber and Domingo German have turned their years around after rocky starts, and Jordan Montgomery overcame a bad outing earlier in the week to dominate the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. Overall, it has been a good couple of months for the unit, as only Jameson Taillon seems to be struggling.
Fortunately for the Yankees, some reinforcements could be on the way. And itâ€™s hard to think of a better addition to an MLB rotation than Luis Severino. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in February 2020, but he is just about ready to make rehab starts, as he successfully completed another step in his recovery.
As a result, the Yankees could get a look at Severino against an actual opponent real soon, as NJ Advance media reported on Saturday.
According to Yankeesâ€™ manager Aaron Boone, the Bombers are â€œgetting closeâ€ to giving the green light for Severino to pitch in a minor-league rehab game. It would be his first game action in more than a year.
The Yankees would welcome Sevy back
The righty, who was a dominant starter for the Yankees in 2017 and 2018, threw another simulated game at the Yankeesâ€™ player development complex Wednesday.
â€œThe reports were glowing,â€ Boone said Saturday. â€œVelocity, shape of the slider, all of those things. Heâ€™s doing really well.â€
Severino is shaping up for an early-July return if he can start his rehab assignment next week.
Having Severino back would give the Yankees an extremely strong rotation that would allow them to better manage Taillonâ€™s innings if thatâ€™s the direction they choose to follow.
Severino has a career 3.46 ERA with a dominant 1.15 WHIP in 530 innings, all with the Bombers, with 589 strikeouts to round out his resume.