Yankees' Aaron Boone gives positive update on Luis Severino

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Severino throws bullpen Spring Training 2020
Severino throws bullpen Spring Training 2020

Luis Severino's long-awaited returned has taken a few more weeks than expected after he injured his groin in a rehab start on June 12.

But after a sim game on Thursday, manager Aaron Boone said Severino's next step is a rehab start on Tuesday.

"Sevy was really good," Boone said of his sim game at Tropicana Field. "Another really good step for him. I think he ended up throwing 49 pitches. I was standing right behind watching. The slider is really good, the cutter is becoming a really good pitch, when he wanted the life on the fastball, it was there, flashed a really good changeup. So I'm excited about where he is - I know he is, too."

Severino underwent Tommy John in early 2020 after pitching just 20.1 innings in 2019, including the postseason, dealing with several injuries.

But Severino's return will be welcome - he owns a career 3.46 ERA and a 10.0 K/9 - he finished in ninth place in the AL Cy Young voting in 2018, and third in 2017.