Pathetic pitching has New York Yankees fans in a panic, but hope is on the horizon in the form of rehabbing ace Luis Severino.
There’s good news and bad news, New York Yankees fans. The good news is that Luis Severino is set to finally climb back on the mound again; the bad news is that it won’t be in a game.
Speaking to the New York Post’s George A. King III, Bombers manager Aaron Boone said he expects his ace to toss from a mound “in the next couple of weeks.”
Severino hasn’t thrown a pitch since he imploded in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS. The 25-year-old missed spring training due to shoulder inflammation, and a lat strain in April exacerbated the situation.
As long as there are no setbacks, Severino may be able to help his team sometime in September. Whether that assistance will come as a starter or reliever depends on the Yanks’ trade deadline plans.
New York has been linked to big-name starters like Trevor Bauer, Madison Bumgarner, and Noah Syndergaard. Lesser-known talent like Robbie Ray and Matthew Boyd could be in the mix as well.
Even if a new pitcher or two winds up in the Bronx, the Yankees and their fans should be ecstatic to have their ace back.
Chatted with Luis Severino this weekend, who told me he's dropped 15 pounds of unwanted weight since going on the IL. "I was eating too much in spring training, doing nothing. My diet is better now." He's expecting big things upon his return to #Yankees rotation.
— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) July 22, 2019
The flame-throwing righty is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA in parts of four MLB seasons. He was an All-Star and finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting in each of the past two seasons.
That stellar performance resulted in a four-year, $40 million deal that Severino inked just before injuries kicked him to the curb. Hopefully he can get back to work earning that money soon.