Luis Severino
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New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino keeps getting closer to making a rehab start in the minor leagues.

Good news for the New York Yankees as they approach the final month of regular-season baseball.

Right-handed pitcher Luis Severino is getting closer to making a rehab start. Severino, who hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Yankees this year, has been dealing with a Grade 2 lat strain. The veteran threw a two-inning simulated game and is inching towards a minor league rehab assignment if all goes well.

“Assuming everything goes well with him bouncing back [Friday], he will be on that five-day rotation,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday, per George A. King III of the New York Post. “He will throw another side in between and have a more extensive sim game his next time out, in five days. Hopefully, if that goes well, probably the next time out would be maybe in some [minor league] game action.

“Then he does it again. If everything goes well, it will be Tuesday,” Boone said before Thursday’s loss to the A’s.

The Yanks gave Severino a four-year, $40 million deal back in February.

In 32 starts last year, Severino posted a record of 19-8 with an ERA of 3.39 and a WHIP of 1.145 through 191.1 innings pitched. He struck out 220 batters and walked 46.

If the Yankees can get him back without any setbacks, it would be huge as they try to make a push into the playoffs.

They’re one of the best teams in baseball, sporting an 83-46 record and sitting atop the American League East.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.