Yankees Analysis: Could Luis Severino be the key to a successful trip to the World Series?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees and its fans have been starved of a World Series appearance for twelve years, and fans want that to change…now.

Regardless of the fan’s wishes, the upcoming season looks as foggy as a bad San Francisco morning.

The Yankees, with just a few weeks until the start of spring training, are still looking for a shortstop, a bonafide second starting pitcher, a first baseman, and help in center field.

With the MLB lockout, the Yankees have been unable to advance on filling any of those wants. With the players and owner talking and making counter proposals and meeting for a third time this afternoon, it may signal that the sides are getting closer to finally getting a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on the books. If that happens, the Yankees will have to be aggressive and swift in securing the help they need.

With all eyes on what the Yankees will do to replace Gleyber Torres at short, today we focus on starting pitching. Much of what the Yankees will do to secure a shortstop will affect their ability to sign a true number-two starter, the kind that will take them to the postseason and a possible World Series gig.

If they go the route of signing a Carlos Correa-type shortstop, it will take dollars and have a significant impact financially on if they will be able to spend on a starting pitcher. They also have to consider a contract extension for Aaron Judge. Even if they don’t spend on a pitcher, on paper, it looks as though they already have the talent for a successful season if those pitchers perform at the top of their game. That brings up the subject of Luis Severino and if he can return to form.

Severino was the Yankees’ ace during 2017-2018, when he won 33 games against 14 losses. He also started the 2019 season with a bang. In three games, he had a 1.50 ERA. That was pretty much the end for Severino as he underwent Tommy John surgery, keeping him off the mound until late in the 2021 season. How the Yankees do, this season will be greatly tied to how Severino performs.

Whether the Yankees hire a number two pitcher or not, they will need Severino to have a successful season. Looking at his history, he seems to be injury-prone, so the Yankees, pitching coach Matt Blake, and the conditioning staff headed by Eric Cressey will monitor “Sevy” very closely to protect him against those injuries that he can be impactful during the 2022 season.

If Severino can stay healthy and pitch most if not all of the 2022 season and can return to form, the Yankees will likely make the postseason and an even a much-awaited Fall Classic. If playing at the top of his game, he could be an ace for any MLB team. If he can perform as the Yankees hope, he will provide that one-two punch behind ace Gerrit Cole. If the injury Gods don’t intervene, we could see a Yankee World Series win, the first since 2009.

The Yankees do need insurance regardless of Severino by signing at least a middle-of-the-rotation pack starting pitcher. There are several decent free-agent pitchers on the market to be traded for. Of course, the Yankees will have to hit far better than they did last season outside of the pitching. They have fired Marcus Thames and hired Dillon Lawson to help make that happen. This could be the Yankees’ most exciting season in years, and Luis Severino could be a major part of that excitement.

New York Yankees: Yankees strengthen hold on the wild card with win over the Jays (video)

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

With new urgency, last night, the New York Yankees entered the last game of the Toronto Blue Jays series at Roger’s Center in Toronto with a need to win the rubber game of the series. The Yankees won the first game  7-2 but lost the second game in a 6-5 squeaker. The must-win would allow the Yankees to keep the wild card home field advantage even if the Red Sox won their game with the Orioles. Which they didn’t; they lost to the Baltimore Orioles, including the series.

The Yankees relied on Corey Kluber to get the win over the likely Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray. Kluber managed to keep the Yankees in the game at the night’s end as the Jay’s best pitcher Ray failed miserably. Five Yankee homers powered the way to a 6-2 win in the game, giving them even more cushion in the wild card race.

Corey Kluber got the job done

The still building up after coming off the IL, and after not pitching for three months, the New York Yankees sent righty Corey Kluber to the mound to at least keep the Yankees in the game against arguably the best AL pitcher Robbie Ray.  Even though Corey Kluber wasn’t at his best, he kept the Yankees in the game; he limited the Jays to just two runs against the energetic young Jays team. He pitched into the fifth inning, giving up seven hits and the two runs.

When Kluber was taken out of the game after 4.2 innings of work, Michael King entered. King finished off the fifth and pitched the sixth, giving up just one hit. Luis Severino, who has been lights out since his return from Tommy John surgery, pitched a hitless seventh. Chad Green, who has been returning to form lately, struck out three in the eighth. Chapman came in for the ninth in a non save situation and allowed one hit while striking out two and securing the 6-2 lead for the Yankees.

Bronx Bombers power their way to another win

The Toronto Blue Jays sent their best pitcher, the likely 2021 Cy Young award-winner, to shut down the Yankees and give them the series win. But the Bronx Bombers were not going to take any of that silliness; they pummeled the lefty with five home runs in the game. All the Yankee runs were via the home run, including the one other hit in the game.

It started in the first inning after DJ LeMahieu struck out and Anthony Rizzo ground out into the shift. Then, Aaron Judge came to the plate and hit a monster 455′ homer into the Roger’s Center left-field stands. He wouldn’t be denied as he hit his second home run in the sixth inning back to back after Anthony Rizzo hit the 250th homer of his career. Then, Gleyber Torres hit his own home run driving Robbie Ray out of the game. Finally, Brett Gardner tacked on an insurance homer in the top of the ninth inning for a 6-2 win that the Jays couldn’t recover from.

Questions with DJ Lemahieu

The New York Yankees are not done with injuries this year. Shortly before last night’s game, it was announced that the first baseman and DH Luke Voit was put on the 10 day IL with a knee injury. After a strikeout Wednesday night, Voit was seen limping off the field. Possibly of even greater consequence Tyler Wade entered the game to take DJ LeMahieu’s last two at-bats. LeMahieu has been suffering from hip and groin problems. The Yankees, in their usual vagueness, wouldn’t comment on how serious it is, other than he would work through it. Being taken out early last night questions that.

Yankees wild card standing

The New York Yankees strengthened their grip on a wild card berth by holding on to the home-field advantage. The Red Sox, who are behind the Yankees, lost their game against the Baltimore Orioles. Next in line was the Seattle Mariners, who were idle yesterday. The situation caused the Mariners and the Red Sox to have identical records two games out. With the loss last night, the Toronto Blue Jays are one game out for a wild card appearance with only three games left in the season.

In other standings, Dusty Bakers’ Houston Astros clinched the AL West for the fourth time in five years and will face the Chicago White Sox. When the Yankees win the wild card game, they will face the Tampa Bay Rays. The winners of those series will play each other in the AL Championship to determine who goes on to play in the World Series.

Notes: I can’t finish this article without giving a shout-out to Bo Bichette who played his heart out in this series. The little guy did everything he could to make the Blue Jays victorious. He had seven hits including two home runs in the series while striking out only twice.

Tonight at 7:05 pm EDT, the New York Yankees start out their final series of the season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. will be on the mound for the Yankees. The game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports Sun, and on MLBN out of market.

Yankees News: Great injury news for Luis Severino, the only option is to keep winning

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The New York Yankees have been patiently waiting for the return of Luis Severino for over a year now. After pitching just 12 innings back in 2019, Severino underwent Tommy John surgery again, then picking up a groin injury which set back his return even further this season.

Severino is three years removed from showcasing potential ace-level talent. Back in 2017, he posted a 2.98 ERA with 10.7 strikeouts per nine and a 50.6% ground ball rate. Following that season, he had another terrific campaign, posting a 3.39 ERA and recording 19 wins, a career-high. However, the Yankees don’t plan to force Severino into a starting role just yet, allowing him to adapt and ease his way into MLB play in his first few games of the year.

“That was special for me,” Severino said. “It was really frustrating for a little bit.”

Having not been able to make a serious impact since 2018, the journey has been long and winding for the 27-year-old. Severino is currently on a four-year, $40 million contract with a club option in 2023, and earning $10 million per season certainly justifies some expectations.

Skipper Aaron Boone expressed his excitement about Severino re-joining the team.

“Proud moment for him, for his teammates and for all of us,” Boone said. “Worked his tail off to get to this moment.”

The veteran starter lasted 2.0 innings to close out the win against Texas on Tuesday, allowing two hits and striking out two batters. Overall, he got about 30 pitches of work in, a solid amount that will get him acclimated.

“He’s a big part of this organization, a big part of this team,” Judge said. “We’re gonna need him down the stretch, I know that.”

With the Wild Card boiling down to three teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays, the Bombers will need all of their top players to get the job done. Ultimately, they must continue to win games, as Boston overcame the New York Mets on Tuesday and Toronto beat Tampa Bay. At this point in the season, the Yankees need Tampa Bay to beat the Blue Jays and the Mets to steal a game against Boston.

Currently, the Blue Jays have a slim 0.5 game lead over the Yankees in the WC; An upcoming series against Toronto starting on September 28 will likely be the Yankees’ best chance at making the post-season. They will also face off against Boston in a three-game series starting September 24 after the final game against Texas on Wednesday evening.

New York Yankee Profiles: Luis Severino, his triumphant return

This morning, I was thinking about the New York Yankees‘ pitching situation and what impact returning pitchers could have on the remaining 10 games of the season. Those being Luis Severino and Domingo German. German is due back before the weekend and Severino has already made his return.

Last night was the joyous return of 2018 ace Luis Severino. Severino was 14-6 during the 2017 season and 19-8 in 2018 making him the Yankees best pitcher in those seasons. Then came 2019, the righty pitched in only 3 games before requiring Tommy John surgery. So with the shortened 2020 season, he was expected not to pitch. However, most thought he was to be back to pitch sometime before the All-Star break this year. But that was not to be as he was beset by setbacks.

Last night he made his triumphant return to the Yankees. After being activated on Monday, he appeared in this first game yesterday after not pitching in a major league game for over 700 days. He saved the Yankee bullpen by pitching the final two innings of the game. He allowed two hits, no walks while striking out two. He looked great in his 2021 debut outing and was showered with applause from the Yankees faithful in the stands.

Although he is not stretched out, he could play a pivotal role out of the bullpen for a spot opening role in the remaining games and in the postseason should the Yankees participate.

With him not pitching in nearly two years, it’s time for Yankee fans to reexamine how Severino got to this point in his career. Luis Severino was born on February 20, 1994, in Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic. As a boy, he played baseball in the sand fields of the Republic, he played most infield positions, but as he aged, he preferred pitching. He loved baseball and grew up idolizing fellow Dominican and former New York Yankees player Robinson Cano. He hoped to play professionally and hoped to someday throw for the New York Yankees, his favorite childhood team.

Yankee scouts in the Dominican Republic took notice of Severino and invited him to the Yankee training academy.  The Yankee Academy is a state-of-the-art training facility in Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic. When he was just seventeen, the Yankees signed him as an international free agent. He was offered a signing bonus of $225k, which the Colorado Rockies matched, but Severino wanted to pitch for his childhood favorite Yankees. When he was scouted, he could throw a fastball in the low 90’s. He made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League for the Yankees, where he went 4-2 with an ERA of 1.68 in fourteen games. He stayed in the Dominican League until 2013 when the Yankees promoted him to the Charleston River Dogs. During his time with the Dogs, Severino gained strength and increased his fastball to the high nineties; he finished his first season with the River Dogs going again 4-2, this time in ten games with an ERA of 2.45.

Severino again started the 2014 season with the River Dogs but was quickly promoted to the Tampa A team. The same year he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game. Severino was propelling his way up the Yankee organization and was sent to the Trenton Thunder. Between the three teams, he went 6-5 with an ERA of 2.45 and with 127 strikeouts in 24 games. He started the 2015 season with Trenton but was again promoted to Scranton Wilkes/Barre. Before leaving Trenton, he was 2-2 across eight games. Severino went 7-0 with an ERA of 1.68 for the Rail Riders.

In 2015 due to Michael Pineda’s injury, Sevy was called up in August to pitch in his first major league game against the Red Sox; he pitched five innings allowing two hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts. At the time, he was the youngest starting pitcher in the major leagues at age 21. He ended his rookie season having started 11 games, pitching 63 innings with a 5–3 record, 2.89 ERA, and 56 strikeouts. 2016 was a rough year for Sevy; he had injuries and was optioned back to the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Riders.  Later being called back up but only as a reliever. In 2017 he started the season back in the rotation.

Sevy impressed big time as he went a season-high in innings pitched and achieved a record of 14-6 with an ERA of 2.98. He tied CC Sabathia for most strikeouts in a season by a Yankee pitcher. He was chosen to start the All-Star game but was removed after giving up three runs. He ended the season being voted 3rd in the Cy Young voting.

In the first half of the 2018 season, he recorded 14 wins before the All-Star Game, the first Pitcher to that since 1969, when Mel Stottlemyre did it. He was again selected to pitch in the All-Star game. Severino started the AL Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics in a game the Yankees won 7-2. Severino finished the season 19-8 with an ERA of 3.39. He led all major league pitchers with an average fastball velocity of 97.6 miles per hour for the second consecutive year. At the end of the season, Severino signed a $40 million contract for four years with a Yankee option for a fifth year.

In Luis Severino’s short career, he earned Pitcher of the Week in the Florida League for the week of June 30. He was a AAA All-Star in 2015 for the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Riders and an AL All-Star in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 he also won the most games for a 24-year-old pitcher in Yankee history. Sevy also holds the Yankee record for the most strikeouts per nine innings on average.

During spring training in Tampa in 2019, he suffered a rotator cuff inflammation and then suffered a strained lat muscle during his initial rehab. After much delay, he pitched in several simulated and minor league games.  On September 17, after missing most of the entire season, he felt good and started his first game of the year against the Los Angeles Angels.  In his first outing, he pitched well, going four innings in the Yankees 8-0 victory over the Angels.  On September 22, he had another win against the Toronto Blue Jays, followed by a loss to the Rangers for a regular-season ERA of 1.50.  While still being stretched out, he pitched two games in the postseason with an ERA of 2.16.

When the 2019/2020 postseason turned into spring training, Severino reported early to begin his workouts.  As the first week of training started, Severino was glad to be ready for a comeback season and feel healthy.  As he tossed fastballs and sliders, he felt good but noticed that he was developing soreness in his elbow and forearm when throwing the changeup.  As it continued to bother him, Manager Aaron Boone shut him down.  Severino spoke about the problem:

“I just want to play baseball. I just want to pitch,” Severino said. “I’ve been doing all the things that they want me to do in the offseason to come here healthy. I was pretty good, I was feeling healthy until yesterday. I was watching TV and I was starting to stand up, I was doing something that wasn’t right. Something happens, you have to just deal with it.”

Severino underwent tests in Tampa with Yankee team Doctor Chris Ahmad.  The tests could not determine the cause of the soreness.  The physician ruled out an elbow or shoulder injury.  It was thought that there might be a muscle or nerve injury that would require more intensive tests.  The Yankees shipped him back to New York City, where he went through a battery of tests with Dr. Ahman at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Monday.  After the Yankees acquired one of the best pitchers in baseball, Gerrit Cole counted on a healthy #2 ace in Severino in the offseason.  Now with this problem, his season could be in doubt again, at least at the start.

After postseason MRIs and CAT scans showed no problems with his arm, Severino was hopeful that he would be pitching during spring training.  Upon learning he would have to leave camp and go back to New York, Severino said:

 

 

“It’s definitely frustrating to hear this stuff again,” Severino said. “We’re dealing with it. We’re seeing what we can do to get me healthy. I think we have the right people here to figure out what is the issue and fix it.”

As we all know, it turned out that Severino had to have Tommy John surgery making him miss the entire 2020 shortened season and the postseason. The New York Yankees sorely missed not having Severino in the rotation during the season, and his absence from the postseason may very well have cost them a trip to the World Series.

General Manager Brian Cashman gave an update on his recovery. He said Severino was in approximately week six of his throwing program and had progressed to about 90 feet at the team’s facility in Tampa. Cashman said Severino’s rehab Is “going well.” Cashman said Tommy John rehabs are “anywhere between 14 to 15 months sometimes. So, I’ve got to give myself and therefore our fans a few safety rails in terms of the expectation of when would be the appropriate time to expect him to be reintroduced to the major-league club.” Most scouts believe he will return to the Yankees in June, but no later than July, giving the Yankees new hope for a successful 2021 season.

Now we get back to question two: How successful will he be upon his return? That is a question that can only be answered when he returns and has a few games under his belt. In addition to him returning for form, the Yankees have to be cautious with him because of his multiple arm issues. But the reality is that anything he can do will be a bonus to the Yankees with such a questionable starting rotation. If healthy and can return to form, he can be one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Here are his career stats: 3.46 career ERA (125 ERA+) -3.35 career FIP -10 Ks Per 9 Innings -Strikeout to walk ratio of ≈ 4:1 -1.09 WHIP since 2017. If the New York Yankees can get close to that from Severino, they will be happy campers. But like so many things with the Yankees, this is to wait and see as well. Severino seems healthy and happy, posting several recent photos of himself with his daughter, even teaching her a golf swing on Twitter.

If last night was any indication Severino could be impactful in the last 10 days and if they get to postseason play. He looked good but make no mistake he will not be pitching more than a few innings if it is in relief or in a spot-opening situation. One thing is for sure, his return is one of the best things that have happened for the Yankees this season.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees series win over the Rangers

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the Rangers with the same urgency that they did in game one, knowing that a wild-card berth was on the line in that race that both the Red Sox and Toronto presently own. The Yankees had only 11 games to get back into it. The Yankees came away with their second win over the Rangers 7-1.

Montgomery gets the job done

Yankee pitcher Jordan Montgomery did a fine job last night holding down the Texas Rangers. “Monty” had all his pitches working. Montgomery pitched into the sixth inning, allowing 4 hits and one earned run while striking out six Rangers with only one walk. Montgomery got the win in the 7-1 game.

Yankees reliever Michael King retired cleanup batter Adolis Garcia with a runner on second to hold the Rangers at 3-1 in the sixth and then struck out all three batters in the seventh looking.

The home run is king again

Last week in a game against the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees hit five home runs in the same game. Brett Gardner homered. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit homers. However, Joey Gallo topped them by hitting two long balls. Last night Gallo again was among three Yankees to hit homers in the 7-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge also hit homers in the game. When Stanton and Judge homer in the same game the Yankees are 15-1.

In the past two weeks, the New York Yankees have hit 33 home runs in 14 games. That’s 2.4 home runs per game. It is often said when the Yankees hit home runs, they win games. Seven of those home runs are from one player, Joey Gallo. If the Yankee power-hitting continues it bodes well for a wild card berth.

The Return of a superstar

Last night was the joyous return of 2018 ace Luis Severino. Severino was 14-6 during the 2017 season and 19-8 in 2018 making him the Yankees best pitcher in those seasons. Then came 2019, the righty pitched in only 3 games before requiring Tommy John surgery. So with the shortened 2020 season, he was expected not to pitch. However, most thought he was to be back to pitch sometime before the All-Star break this year. But that was not to be as he was beset by setbacks.

Last night he made his triumphant return to the Yankees. After being activated on Monday, he appeared in this first game yesterday after not pitching in a major league game for over 700 days. He saved the Yankee bullpen by pitching the final two innings of the game. He allowed two hits, no walks while striking out two. He looked great in his 2021 debut outing and was showered with applause from the Yankees faithful in the stands.

Although he is not stretched out, he could play a pivotal role out of the bullpen for a spot opening role in the remaining games and in the postseason should the Yankees participate.

New York Yankees Recap: Luis Severino returns, Yankees win 7-1 with three homers

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees won the first game last night against the Texas Rangers in a close 4-3 victory. Tonight they were looking to win a second game and create a streak that would regain a wild-card berth in the AL East. Jordan Montgomery was on the mound for the Yankees and Dane Dunning for the Rangers. Montgomery got the job done, helped by three home runs. New York Yankees 7 Texas Rangers 1, as the Yankee took the series.

Leody Taveras led off for the Rangers at Yankee Stadium facing Montgomery to start off the game, and he went down on strikes. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went down looking. Andy Ibanez hit the first pitch to no man’s land in center for a single. Adolis Garcia ground out to short to end the half.

At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and grounded out to third. Anthony Rizzo advanced on a hit by pitch. Aaron Judge doubled to the center-field wall, and Rizzo made it to third. With two on and one out, Giancarlo Stanton ground out to short with Rizzo scoring, Judge held up at second. Joey Gallo went down on strikes, but the Yankees put a run on the board. New York Yankees 1 Rangers 0.

The second inning was led off by Nick Solak, who punched one out to right for a single. Willie Calhoun ground out into a double play. Charlie Culberson ground out to second to end the scoreless half. Gleyber Torres led off the bottom of the inning and walked. Gary Sanchez lined out to short. Gardner doubled, moving Torres to third. Gio Urshela, with two on and one out, couldn’t hold up and struck out. LeMahieu ground out to short to end the inning. Yankees 1 Rangers 0.

Jose Trevino led off against Montgomery and flew out to Gardner in shallow center. Yonny Hernandez stuck out. Kiner-Falefa closed out the inning by grounding out. At the bottom of the inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 31st home of the season. It was a line drive to left field that left the bat at 118.5 mph and landed 415′ into the left-field stands. New York Yankees 2 and the Texas Rangers 0.

In the top of the fourth, Andy Ibanez singled off a fly ball to right with Kiner-Falafa going to third base. Adolis striking out. Ibanez went to second on a wild pitch from Jordan Montgomery; Nick Solak ended up driving in the Ranger’s only run of the game. The Yankees were scoreless in the bottom. Yankees 2 Rangers 1.

The Texas Rangers were quiet in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom, with Gio Urshela on second and DJ LeMahieu on first, Anthony Rizzo singled, driving Urshela as the Yankee tacked on another run. LeMahieu moved to second base but was stranded there. Yankees 3 and the Rangers 1.

The top of the sixth saw Montgomery throw his 93rd pitch of the game and the end of his night for the Yankees. He ended his outing only giving up 4 hits, and one earned run. At the bottom of the inning, Joey Gallo hit his 38th homer of the season to give the Yankees the 3 run lead in the game. New York Yankees 4 Texas Rangers 1.

The sixth inning was scoreless for both teams. With Michael King on the mound in the seventh inning, he continued his hitless outing, pitching a clean seventh. The Yankees blew the game open when Aaron Judge hit his 36th homer of the season, a long fly ball into the center-field stands. It was a two-run shot scoring both DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo. The New York Yankees 7 Texas 1.

The highlight of the night, home runs aside, was Luis Severino’s joyous return in the eighth inning after not pitching for over 700 games. Severino finally returned from his Tommy John surgery and setbacks to pitch in a major league game. He saved the Yankee bullpen by pitching the final two innings of the game. He allowed two hits, no walks while striking out two. He looked great in his 2021 debut outing.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Texas Rangers 1. The winning pitcher was Jordan Montgomery, and the loser was Dane Dunning that only lasted 2.2 innings. Unfortunately, the Yankees did not advance in the wild-card standings as both the Toronto team and the Red Sox also won their games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.