The New York Yankees need Luis Severino to win in October and the fiery right-hander is making positive strides towards a return.
The ace right-hander has yet to pitch in 2019, but he continues to make consistent strides in his rehab from multiple injuries
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 18, 2019
“[We] continue to be really encouraged,” manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Sunday’s game. “You can just tell even talking to Sevy, just how good he feels. This has been building now for a while where he’s really starting to gain some confidence in his mind about being sound, being sharp, being healthy. …
“I thought overall he looked really sharp. The shape of the slider looks good to me and the ball is coming out free and easy so another encouraging step for him.”
Boone stopped short of putting a timetable on Severino’s return. If nothing else, seeing Severino throwing off of the Yankee Stadium mound has to have the Yankees feeling better about missing out on a big arm at the deadline.
A few pitches from Luis Severino’s sim game this morning. Luke Voit keeping a close eye on things pic.twitter.com/wWlder6JP4
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) August 18, 2019
If healthy, Severino will be starting games in the postseason. Although his postseason history is checkered with bad starts, the Yankees have to trust his stuff in a big moment.
Severino has a career 3.51 ERA in 96 regular-season appearances, but that number balloons to 6.26 in six career postseason starts.
The postseason track record is the biggest blemish on Severino’s resume in his young career. But even in a season where he has yet to touch the field, he can rewrite his narrative and provide the Yankees with a major spark.