Luis Severino has ‘very encouraging’ start to rehab for Yankees

Luis Severino made his first start in rehabilitation upon returning from Tommy John surgery and Aaron Boone said it was “very encouraging”.

Severino threw 34 pitches at the start on Sunday for Low-A Tampa and peaked at 98 mph on his first outing since undergoing elbow surgery in February 2020. He also threw 11 sliders.

“I understand he threw the ball really well,” Boone said before the Yankees ended their streak against the Red Sox in the Bronx. “He came out for a third inning because his pitch count was so low.”

The right-hander allowed one run on two hits and one walk, and struck out three on strikes. He is expected to make another start on Saturday at High-A Hudson Valley or Double-A Somerset, according to Boone.

“What I saw in the live batting practices leading up to this was really good,” said Boone. “He really feels [good]. That resembles [Sunday] was another positive step.

Believing he’ll need around five starts before returning to the Yankees’ rotation, Severino could be back next month.

Luis Severino
Luis Severino
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The Yankees’ throw was solid, but depth took a hit when Corey Kluber fell with a straight shoulder outstretched.

Initially closed for four weeks, Kluber could instead start a program to launch earlier, but the condition of his shoulder will be an issue for the rest of the year.

Luke Voit continued to do baseball and soft toss activities on Sunday and Boone said if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks by the end of next week, he could begin a rehab mission on June 15. The Yankees have been unable to find a suitable replacement for Voit. , who missed the first month of the season in left knee rehabilitation and is currently in IL with a strained left oblique. Most recently, they turned to Chris Gittens, who didn’t have any hits on his MLB debut on Saturday and was back in the lineup on Sunday.

As Zack Britton’s rehabilitation progresses, the Yankees are still awaiting the return of Darren O’Day, absent since April 30 with a strained rotator cuff. Boone said O’Day is “doing very well”.

The right-hander launched at 120 feet on Saturday and “is probably about to step onto the mound,” according to Boone.

Britton, O’Day and Justin Wilson ran out of time in the bullpen, with Wilson still with right hamstring strain.

Ryan LaMarre, released with a strained right hamstring, could begin a rehab mission on Tuesday. LaMarre lasted less than three games with the Yankees before falling on May 20, further exhausting a body of outfielders who had previously lost Aaron Hicks to a season-ending wrist injury. Brett Gardner was back at center on Sunday.

Gardner came in just 3-for-28 on Sunday with two more hits, four walks and a dozen strikeouts in his previous 12 games.

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