After spending the entire season on the injured list, New York Yankees ace Luis Severino is set to make his season debut.
Luis Severino will join the Yankees in Toronto and is expected to start Tuesday vs. Angels.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 12, 2019
Severino has spent the entirety of the 2019 season on the injured list after inking a long-term contract extension in February. After the initial diagnosis had the Yankees’ ace returning in May, he suffered a number of setbacks along the way.
Throughout his rehab, the Yankees have built Severino up as a starter which could serve as a major addition to an inconsistent rotation. Adding an arm like Sevy’s is the type of addition most wanted general manager Brian Cashman to make at the trade deadline.
If Severino can come back and dominate, as he did for most of 2018, he just makes the Yankees that much more of an imposing threat in the American League. He, along with the resurgent James Paxton, can make for a nice one-two punch atop the rotation with Masahiro Tanaka and Domingo German sliding in as the third and fourth starters.
With the Bombers’ magic number for the American League East down to eight, New York won’t have to worry about a one-game Wild Card appearance. As a result, they can afford to build Severino up at the majors the rest of the way. His performance will matter at some point, but not right away because of that wiggle room.
Severino is one of the many reinforcements the Yankees are expecting with Jordan Montgomery, Dellin Betances, and Giancarlo Stanton all expected to make a return at some point in the month of September.