Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone reveals role for Luis Severino for the stretch run

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The 83-67 New York Yankees lost again in Sunday against the lowly Cleveland Indians, further complicating their playoffs chances given that their two direct rivals in the Wild Card push, the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, won.

The Yankees, now a game and a half behind Toronto for the second Wild Card berth, need all the help they can handle. Thankfully, ace Luis Severino, who has suffered nearly every injury on the book since the spring of 2020, is ready to make his much-anticipated return.

At this point, there is no time for Severino to build up his arm as a starter, because the season ends in less than two weeks. That’s why his manager, Aaron Boone, is envisioning a bullpen role for the star righty.

The Yankees need Sevy more than ever

After overcoming elbow, groin, and shoulder injuries, Severino is ready to help in a relief role. Boone described what his role could be to MLB.com.

“His last live outing was two [innings] and 35 [pitches], so we view him from anything from an inning in some situations to possibly two- or three-inning scenarios that I think he’ll be able to handle,” Boone said.

Severino threw that live batting-practice session at Yankee Stadium on Friday. His right arm, currently sitting in the 96 mph range, has all the necessary talent to succeed in a relief role, and the Yankees need help there, more than ever.

They lost Darren O’Day and Zack Britton for the year, Chad Green is clearly fatigued, and Jonathan Loaisiga, while he has made progress, remains sidelined with a rotator cuff injury.

The Yankees, however, don’t see Severino as an opener.

“I would never say never,” Boone said, “but hopefully moving forward, we’ve got our four or five starters that have been pitching in the rotation and we feel good about.

“I guess if you get down towards the end and you get into a playoff scenario, anything is possible. But first things first is getting him back and getting him in a big league game at some point.”

New York Yankees: Mayday, Mayday, who’s coming to the rescue?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees, after losing 5 consecutive games, would normally be looking for reinforcements. However, those are limited by the 28 man roster rule. Normally in September, the Yankees and other teams can expand their rosters to 40 players, but that is not the case this season.

The Yankees could surely use some help to shake up the lineup and reenergize the very worn-out bullpen, but the sad fact is that no one will be coming to the rescue. Here are the latest injury updates and who will make it back to the team in time to be helpful.

James Taillon has today been placed on the 10 day IL because of a right ankle tendon injury. As this is breaking news no further information is available at this time

Aaron Hicks is a goner, out for the season with his wrist surgery.

Darren O’Day is another Yankee that won’t be returning due to his slow-healing hamstring injury.

Tim Locastro’s bad knee injury will prevent him from returning.

Miguel Andujar could return to the team after his wrist injury as early as next week, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Clint Frazier might return by the end of the season, but his vision and vertigo problems seem to be persisting.

Zack Britton is gone for the season as three specialists have said he shouldn’t pitch for the rest of the season. If he elects to have Tommy John surgery for his elbow, he could be out until 2023, when he will be a free agent again.

Luis Severino was supposed to be back to the team in late August or early September, but that has not happened; he has just started throwing off the mound again after his second setback. If he comes back, it will likely only be in a reliever role.

Jonathan Loáisiga was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday morning with a rotator cuff strain. This was a huge loss to the Yankee bullpen. It is not likely he will return until the last week of the season, if at all. Rotator cuff strains can take a long time to heal.

Domingo German is in a similar situation as Severino; if he returns, it will likely only be as a reliever. Geman has been suffering from shoulder problems.

Michael King and his finger problem may be one of the Yankees that may return to the team in time to be helpful, as a spot starter or reliever. King was injured in a gym accident with weights.

Gerrit Cole was the last Yankee to complain of an injury. Unfortunately, Cole noticed something in his last start and pulled himself from the Blue Jays game. The situation has been described as left hamstring tightness; so far, no MRI has been ordered. At this point, is it unclear if he will miss a start or if it will be resolved quickly? If it turns out to be worse, it could be disastrous for the Yankees.


Yankees get excellent news on injured ace: Can he make it back in 2021?

New York Yankees’ pitcher Luis Severino, currently out with right shoulder tightness, received some good news from one of the best sports doctors in the country.

Severino saw Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, as he sought a second opinion on hi rght shoulder after the Yankees’ doctor told him, by seeing an MRI, that he had no structural damage.

Fortunately, ElAttrache had similar findings. Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said that no structural damage was found in his right shoulder and that the pitcher would soon restart a throwing program.

As for how built-up Severino could get before the playoffs, Boone didn’t want to provide any timelines to the media. Experience has taught him to be cautious with long-term injury rehabs, especially with Severino.

“I don’t even want to speculate on it,” Boone said to NJ Advance Media. “We’ll see how it goes, when he’s able to get back on a mound as far as throwing a bullpen (session). If then at that point everything is going well, we’ll try to map something out. But I think it’s a little premature to say what’s going to build him to where he’s healthy and strong and hopefully an option.”

Injuries have derailed the career of this great Yankees’ pitcher

Severino has missed the entire 2021 season while rehabbing from multiple injuries. He went under the knife in the spring of 2020 and couldn’t play last year. When he was nearing a return in June, he suffered setbacks with his groin and now his shoulder.

The last time Severino contributed to the Yankees was back in 2019, but he could only throw 12 innings of a 1.50 ERA.

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Severino. First of all, the Yankees have not assured a playoff spot and will have to earn in in the following weeks. Second, he still hasn’t thrown since the shoulder injury. And third, the team still doesn’t know when he will be ready and which role he can play, which can impact the date of his return.

Can Severino contribute to the 2021 Yankees?

New York Yankees: All the latest Yankee news in one place

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Yankees to start 10-day road trip

The New York Yankees start a 10-day road trip today after going 9-1 in their last ten games. They have won series after series and are most recently off a series win over the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees are the winningest team in baseball after going 26-8 since July 17th.

This will be a tough road trip for the Yankees; first, they face two excellent pitchers for the Atlanta Braves during a short two-game series. Tonight Jordan Montgomery starts against Huascar Ynoa. Tuesday night’s game will pit Andrew Heaney against Yankee killer Charlie Morton. After the Braves series, they will play three games with the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels before returning to Yankee Stadium and a series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Luis Severino to get checked out again

Luis Severino’s long-awaited return to the Yankees may have to be put on hold again as pitching this season seems less and less likely. Manager Boone has let be known that Luis Severino will reportedly fly across the country to California this week to get an in-person examination from Dr. Neal ElAttrache who is an Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He is also Team Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Severino, this will be a second opinion.

Severino has been out from the Yankees since his Tommy John surgery at the beginning of 2019, not allow him to play at all in 2019 and 2020. Since then, he has been struggling to get back with the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman recently said he expected Severino back with the team by September 1st. But that went down the drain when he strained his groin in a rehab assignment in June. Then, last week he pulled himself from a rehab game due to shoulder tightness. He had an MRI that showed no structural damage, but whether he pitches again this season might be evident after this in-person check out at Cedar Sinai and a clean bill of health.

Anthony Volpe showing off

We all know that Yankee prospect Luis Gil has been showing off for the Yankees in his first few games pitched as a starter. But Gil is not the only Yankee prospect that is shining this season. Anthony Volpe that grew up idolizing shortstop Derek Jeter is making a name for himself with the Hudson Valley Renegades; he has an OPS of over 1.000 to go along with 20 homers and 28 steals in the minors this year. That puts himself right up there with Jasson Dominguez as the Yankees’ number one prospect. Some of his success is due to his work during the 2020 season when there were no minor league games.

Rays Injury news good news for the Yankees

In baseball, you never want to see anyone on any team injured, but that fact remains a deterrent to one team and benefits another. The Rays have reported Right-hander Chris Archer lasted just two innings Sunday in his return from the IL. Archer left the game with hip soreness. He will be checked out by doctors as the Rays are concerned he may have more hip trouble. Although the Rays are in first place they have had pitching concerns ever since ace Tyler Glasnow need Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season.

On top of that, Yankee killer Ji-Man Choi left Sunday’s game with left hamstring tightness. According to Ray’s manager Kevin Cash when he hit a double and getting to second base, it grabbed him and continued to tighten up. Choi was hitting .250 this season with nine home runs in 64 games. Add to that the recently obtained Nelson Cruz has landed on the Covid-19 list. These are critical problems for the Rays as they try to protect their 4.5 game lead ahead of the Yankees.

Yankees latest injury updates

A pitch hit Gardner’s right elbow and forced him out of the game in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over the Twins on Friday night. On Saturday, he was still out of the lineup. Manager Boone has said that he doesn’t feel it’s too serious and will not be put on the IL. Instead, he will travel with the team on their road trip and likely see action on the west coast.

The Yankees star player Gio Urshela is advancing in his rehab. Yesterday with the Somerset Patriots, he went 3 for 4 with a double and scoring a run. He looked good in rehab from a hamstring injury. A date for his return to the team has not been announced.

Gleyber Torres is advancing in his rehab from an injured thumb caused by a bad slide into second base. On Friday, he took dry swings and did some infield work. No timeline has been given for his return either.

Yankees wild card stock is rising

The New York Yankees have won 9 games in a row and their tenth series in a row, being the best performing team in baseball. They have gone from nearly 10 games behind in the AL East to just 4.5 games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. From July 17th to the present, they have a 26-8 record. During the span, the Yankees have gone from 3 1/2 out of the second wild-card slot to 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox for the first wild card spot.

Donaldson making an ass out of himself

The New York Post reports that New York Porch Sport, the Donaldson, has blasted the New York Yankees and ace Gerrit Cole. Apparently, he was embarrassed by his play against Cole in the Minnesota Twins series. Earlier in the year, he accused Cole of using sticky stuff. Now he made this statement:

“Yeah of course he’s still using that stuff,” Donaldson said of Cole. “I know my capabilities. The only way to make me look so feeble at the plate is to have a bit of extracurricular help. I’m sending my findings to Manfred soon.”

More playing time has paid off for Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade has always been a useful utility player for the Yankees for the past few years. But with injuries to both Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres, Wade has finally played enough game to show what he is worth to the Yankees. And that is just not his excellent defense in the field, but now playing more games, he has shown that he can hit also. He has raised his batting average from below .200 to .278. He has 15 hits and 4 extra-base hits during August. Saturday against the Twins, Wade started in left field, giving a day of rest to Joey Gallo. He went 2 for 4, one a double, and one RBI. Wade has been one of the best Yankee hitters in this month, going .500 since August 3rd.

Yankees get positive news on injured star, but won’t ‘speculate’ on his return

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The New York Yankees are getting healthier at the right time, and in addition to that, have recently discovered or added useful players when they needed them the most. The trade additions have been outstanding, Wandy Peralta has blossomed into a reliable reliever, Andrew Velasquez has excelled at shortstop, Nestor Cortes Jr. is doing a terrific job holding down a rotation spot, and they are welcoming back some injured players.

Perhaps the single most influential player currently on the shelf, Luis Severino, also got some good injury news on the week. After a couple of days of waiting for tests, MRIs, and second opinions, the Yankees announced that there is no structural damage on his shoulder, one that forced him to skip his latest rehab start.

The Yankees, however, ordered Severino to rest for a few days. Manager Aaron Boone said the right-hander won’t throw this week as he lets the tightness in his shoulder calm down.

The Yankees want Sevy to see renowned doctor in person

His MRI results were sent to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a noted orthopedist and the Dodgers’ team physician. Boone explained there’s a chance Sevy will visit ElAttrache in person when the Yankees travel to the West Coast.

“I think, overall, it was pretty good news from an MRI standpoint, it’s just a matter of wanting to get Sevy with him when we’re out on the West Coast — an in-person physical, hands-on appointment as well,” Boone said to MLB.com. “In the meantime, we’re just kind of working on him and seeing at what point he would be able to start throwing again.”

The Yankees’ skipper, however, will not speculate on potential return dates.


“I don’t want to speculate because I don’t know when he’s throwing a ball and I don’t know when he’s back on the mound and where we’re starting from,” he said. “It would probably be silly of me to speculate on that. If he’s throwing a ball by Monday and ramping up by then, we’ll just see.”

Yankees: Is Luis Severino in danger of missing the season?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees have been quite secretive with Luis Severino’s health over the last couple of days. The pitcher, who hasn’t thrown relevant innings since 2018 because of a myriad of injuries, reported last week before a rehab start that he ‘didn’t feel quite right’, and ended up being shut down, at least until we get some clarity.

The Yankees have to be wondering whether their prized right-hander will miss the remainder of the season at this point. He underwent Tommy John surgery last spring, and was supposed to return in August or September before his latest setback.

The Yankees reportedly have the results on the MRI taken Monday on the pitcher, whose rehab start last Friday night was called off due to shoulder tightness.

Nobody but the Yankees know exactly what’s going on with the former ace, but they don’t want to divulge before getting more opinions.

The media asked Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone last night, whether or not they had an update on Severino. He replied: “Yes, but it’s been sent out for a second opinion, so until we have that second opinion, which hopefully we have over the next 24-to-48 hours …”

The Yankees are waiting for more opinions

According to Boone, Severino “won’t throw this week, but let’s wait and get all of the opinions in.”

Sevy was close to making a return in June but strained his groin and had to miss over a month. He was, again, close to getting back to the Yankees before last Friday.

Given the fact that it’s his shoulder, any minor setback has the potential of knocking the pitcher out for the remainder of the season, which is obviously a big blow to the Yankees.

Per NJ Advance Media, when the press asked Boone if Severino’s season is in jeopardy, he responded, “No. I mean, I’m not ready to go there at all yet.”


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Yankees: Luis Severino pulls himself out of rehab assignment, more disappointing injury news

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The New York Yankees are patiently waiting for more starting pitching support, with several players finding their way back from injury and the COVID-19 list.

The expectation is that Jordan Montgomery and Gerrit Cole will return to the team in the next few days, a Corey Kluber and Luis Severino are still a few weeks away from making a return to the majors. Severino, who hasn’t pitched a meaningful game since 2019, suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. The injury he picked up was completely irrelevant to his elbow, pulling a groin during a minor-league outing.

However, Severino is still dealing with issues, as he pulled himself from a rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“He just was down there warming up and didn’t feel right and didn’t feel like he was going to be able to go out there and pitch the way he wanted to, so he just stopped his warmups and told (manager of pitch development) Desi (Druschel) he just wasn’t able to go out there and pitch tonight,” RailRiders manager Doug Davis said.

Severino is dealing with an unknown issue, but the expectation is that he will return to New York to get further testing. The problem doesn’t seem to be too serious, but Severino has dealt with multiple injuries over the past few seasons, so taking extra precaution is a necessity.
The Yankees are desperate for more support in the starting rotation, and Severino failing to make a successful comeback could haunt them during the postseason. Nonetheless, there’s no guarantee he will ever return to the form he produced in 2017 when he hosted at 2.98 ERA and 10.71 strikeouts per nine. The days of him being a potentially elite force on the mound are behind him. He’s simply looking to salvage the remainder of his career in pinstripes.

New York Yankees: All the news plus two more with the White Sox

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Thursday night, the long-awaited Field of Dreams game took place in Dyersville, Iowa. The New York Yankees faced the Chicago White Sox in that epic game. I predicted that the Yankees would lose that game because both the pitching and lineup stats comparison said so. What I didn’t predict was that it would be a ninth-inning heartbreaking loss.

Nevertheless, disregarding the outcome, it was a wonderful game in a beautiful iconic setting in the cornfields of Iowa that will not be soon forgotten by any of the players who played in it or those in the stands or watching television. The Yankees still have two more games against the White Sox that will be played on the south side of Chicago.

Preview of two more with the White Sox

The New York Yankees may have lost the Field of Dreams game but still have a chance to take the series from the Chicago White Sox with the remaining two games at Guaranteed Field over the weekend.

Tonight, August 14, 7:10 pm:

Tonight in Chicago, James Taillon will take the mound for the Yankees vs. the White Sox Dylan Cease. Taillon is 7-4 ERA 3.82; Cease is 9-6 ERA 3.99 with an impressing 159 strikeouts.  Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, and Luke Voit have all hit well off Cease when they faced him earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Cesar Hernandez has Taillon’s number hitting .571 off him in seven at-bats. Tonight’s game will be on the YES Network and NBCSCH.

Sunday, August 15, 2:10 pm:

Sunday will see Nestor Cortes Jr.0-1 ERA 2.40, on the mound for the Yankees, and Lucas Giolito 9-8 ERA 3.81, the White Sox ace for the Sox. Nestor Cortes Jr. has been great for the Yankees, although he has not gotten his first win since taking over for Corey Kluber. The Yankees have won 5 of his 7 starts. Giolito is listed as the Sox ace; he is their third-best pitcher this season. The Sunday matinee will be on WPIX and its affiliates in the New York area and NBCSCH in Chicago. The game will also be televised on TBS out of market.

Andrew Heaney’s job may be in jeopardy

Since acquiring him, Andrew Heaney, who has not pitched well for the New York Yankees, he was the only pitcher available to pitch the Field of Dreams game, and he failed miserably, giving up seven earned runs in the game in only five innings.

With his 5.45 ERA, Heaney had to face the White Sox’s best pitcher, Lance Lynn, with his 2.26 ERA and not having allowed more than three runs in any game in July and August. Heaney gave up five runs in the first four innings, which would usually be the end for a starting pitcher, but manager Boone brought him out again in the fifth inning to save the already overworked bullpen for the rest of the series, he failed to do that.

Heaney has not had a good outing yet for the Yankees, and now his starting job may be in jeopardy. He has given up 15 earned runs and 8 home runs in his three starts for the New York Yankees.

Help is on the way

This may very well be an exciting week for the Yankees. The Yankees will see the return of Anthony Rizzo to the lineup sometime this week. Also, on the good news front, Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery threw bullpen sessions in Chicago yesterday, and Aaron Boone said that all went well. With the Yankees so short on pitchers, it could mean that they will both pitch in the Red Sox series at Yankees Stadium next week.

Luis Severino setback?

The long-awaited return, two years in the making, was just a week or one more rehab game away for Luis Severino, but now that may not happen. He was set to have a rehab game on Friday, but it didn’t take place. Reportedly Scranton Wilkes/Barre manager Doug Davis told reporters on hand that Severino “didn’t feel right” in warmups and was scratched just before the game.

Davis also told reporters he didn’t know the issue with Severino, but it’s disappointing news for the New York Yankees that so badly need pitching help. If there is further information on Severino, you will find it on EmpireSportsMedia.com.

Kluber struggles in the first rehab start

The New York Yankees have been eagerly awaiting the return of Corey Kluber that pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees earlier in the season. On his way back, he pitched for Double-A Somerset on Thursday night. It was Kluber’s first outing since late May. Unfortunately, it didn’t go well; he looked rusty and only made it through 1.1 innings before being removed from the game.

The Yankees right-hander, pitching for Double-A Somerset, threw just 20 strikes on 45 pitches against the Portland Sea Dogs. He walked four and hit an additional two batters on his way to allowing five earned runs. Such a poor start is not that surprising for a pitcher looking to find his command after not pitching in over two months.

Kluber averaged over seven innings per start over his five outings before the May 25 injury and recorded a 1.78 ERA over that span. It now appears he will have another two rehab assignments before an early September return.

Frazier doubled; will he be welcomed back?

Both Clint Frazier and the New York Yankees have been mysteriously quiet about Frazier and his hard-to-explain dizziness and vision problems. But now, out of nowhere, He had a successful game with Tampa and was quickly promoted to Somerset.

First, it was the slugger’s live BP that came as a big surprise. Then, on Tuesday, he took the next step by being announced just one-half hour before the Somerset game; he hit a double in the game and scored once. So now the question is, is he ready to return to the Yankees, and will he be welcomed?

While he has been away from the Yankees, he played his last game on June 30th; the Yankees have tried several outfielders, including Greg Allen, Ryan LaMaree, Trey Amburgey, and Jonathan Davis, among others. They also acquired one of the best outfielders out there in Joey Gallo.

Although not excellent in the outfield, Frazier has been good. However, his hitting has not. Will the Yankees want his dead bat in the lineup as they push for a postseason appearance? The New York Yankees have their outfield options.


Yankees News: Luis Severino update, Voit homers, two minor-leaguer’s dominate Baltimore

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The New York Yankees experienced something special on Tuesday evening as Luis Gil took the mound in his first-ever major-league start. Over 6.0 innings, Gil allowed four hits and zero earned runs, collecting six strikeouts over 88 pitches. For a minor-league player to display this type of adequacy, the Yankees should be considering him as a potential option early next week. With Ace Gerrit Cole currently on the COVID-19 list, the Yankees have relied on a few unreliable options.

For example, they rolled with Andrew Heaney on Monday, as the Bombers were plastered for seven runs. Gil performed far better, despite hosting a 5.64 ERA in Triple-A.

Aside from Gill, one other youngster dominated in his first MLB action. Stephen Ridings, who is classified as a starting pitcher but came in as relief, posted three strikeouts, hitting triple digits with his fastball. Ridings stated after the game that his grandmother had passed the day before, so his performance and experience were indescribable. After such a valiant effort, the Yankees should heavily consider giving both pitchers another opportunity in the near future.

Luis Severino injury update:

Severino pitched 2.1 innings for the Double-A Somerset-Patriots in an 8-4 win on Tuesday. He allowed two hits, two runs and struck out four batters over 43 pitches. This was his first rehab start, putting him in a good spot to potentially make a return in September. Severino has suffered multiple setbacks, including a groin strain several weeks ago that pushed his return date back. Hopefully, he can build off this performance, as it wasn’t exactly what the Yankees hoped for. It will take him time to work his way back into shape, but he’s on the right track.

First baseman Luke Voit cracked a homer with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a 7-2 loss to the Worcester Red Sox. Unfortunately, the Yankees have already replaced Voit at first with Anthony Rizzo, who has been phenomenal offensively for the team since the acquisition. Voit will be fighting for a designated hitter role upon his return, as he will remain with the team for the rest of the season as the trade deadline has passed.

Yankees’ starter will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with the Somerset Patriots

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The injury-related hits keep coming for the New York Yankees, as they found out on Monday night that ace Gerrit Cole, scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss between two and three turns in the rotation depending on his recovery and other things. Third baseman Gio Urshela was also placed on the 10-day injured list.

Are there ever good news on the injury front for the Yankees? Well, yes, there are. Starting pitcher Luis Severino will start a rehab assignment today as he works his way back from a groin injury that put a halt on his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Severino hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since 2019, when he had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, adding 17 strikeouts. A litany of physical issues have robbed him most of the last three seasons, ending with the Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2020 and the groin strain that delayed his return in 2021.

The Yankees are planning to give Severino around 50 pitches tonight

Now, however, he is ready to restart his journey back to the Yankees, as he will take the ball tonight for the Double-A Somerset Patriots. Over the weekend, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Severino and fellow righty Corey Kluber are on track to return in the Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 range.

“I think that’s probably reasonable, especially with Sevy,” Boone said, per NJ Advance Media.

The Yankees are expected to give Severino “probably three innings, 45-to-50 pitches” on Tuesday night with Somerset.

The plan is for him to complete three or four rehab starts with the Yankees’ minor league affiliates and stretch to five or six innings before he is called up in late August – early September for the stretch run.

The Yankees, more than ever, need Severino to contribute at some point in the second half if they want to make a push for the playoffs.

Can Luis Severino return in time to make a significant contribution to the 2021 Yankees?