Luis Severino continues to work toward returning to the mound.
The 25-year-old right-hander threw another bullpen session Monday and the Yankees were encouraged by his progress, manager Aaron Boone told reporters.
“I thought he looked really good,” Boone said (via the New York Post). “He continues to feel strong. (He’s) fun to watch throw. He’s special. I thought (the ball) was coming out really well. His change-up had a good… It was a really good sign for him in his second bullpen, after having general fatigue and soreness after his first bullpen, to just roll right into this and look like (Severino) was nice.”
Severino has not pitched this season as he has dealt with a lat strain and shoulder inflammation. The two-time All-Star finished with a 19-8 record and a 3.39 ERA in 2018.
"For me, it means a lot," Severino said after his first bullpen last week (via MLB.com). "It’s been a very long, long year. Now by doing this step, I feel I’m ready. I feel I’m going to help my team in a couple weeks."
Severino could return sometime after rosters expand in September. He’ll be re-joining a team with championship expectations, as New York entered play Monday with an American League-best 78-41 record.
“Since I got here, everything has been like that,” Severino said. “If it’s a regular game against Boston, it’s the same. It’s going to be like every year.”
The Yankees have dealt with injuries to multiple key players throughout the season. In addition to Severino, Luke Voit, CC Sabathia, Miguel Andujar, Edwin Encarnacion, Dellin Betances and Giancarlo Stanton, amongst others, are all on the injured list.
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But, New York could be getting some of those players back soon. Betances has also thrown multiple bullpen sessions while Voit told reporters Monday he “feels 100 percent.”