Luis Severino injury update: Yankees 'very encouraged' with RHP's first rehab assignment outing

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Luis Severino 10/7/2019
Luis Severino 10/7/2019

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was "very encouraged" by RHP Luis Severino's first rehab assignment outing.

Sunday with the Low-A Tampa Tarpons, Severino -- throwing in a game for the first time since Oct. 15, 2019, an ALCS start against the Houston Astros -- fired 34 pitches (24 strikes) over 2 2/3 innings pitched, yielding one run on two hits while striking out three and walking one.

"Very encouraged," Boone said. "I have not seen the video yet, but my understanding -- he threw the ball really well, upper 90s with his fastball, went out for a third inning just 'cause his pitch count was so low. And what I've seen in his live batting practice sessions leading up to this have been really good. I know he feels really well, so continue to be encouraged and it sounds like today was another positive step."

As Boone alluded to, Severino's fastball topped 98.6 mph and averaged 96.8 mph. Severino threw 11 sliders.

During spring training Feb. 25, 2020, the Yankees announced that Severino needed Tommy John surgery after he partially tore the UCL in his right elbow. Severino underwent the procedure two days later, also removing a bone chip.

Since getting called up late in the Yankees' 2015 season, Severino has developed into a front-end starter. The 27-year-old Severino sports a 42-26 record and 3.46 career ERA, with 589 strikeouts to 150 walks in 350 regular-season innings pitched.