Yankees' Luis Severino expected to begin a rehab assignment Sunday

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Luis Severino warms up on field in navy blue jersey at spring training
Luis Severino warms up on field in navy blue jersey at spring training

Luis Severino is inching closer to a return.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday that Severino will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.

Severino underwent Tommy John surgery in February after tossing just 20.1 innings in 2019, including the postseason, due to back and shoulder injuries earlier that year.

"That's the hope. He's scheduled to throw a simulated game today, again, where he'll have three ups, essentially a three-inning sim game. If all goes well there, potentially next Sunday would then be him in game-action," Boone said.

With this current plan, Boone said a return right around the All-Star break is expected.

"I don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We want today to go well, and then obviously that next step is another big one into a game with a team and stuff," Boone said. "Let's get past today and hope everything goes well.

Boone said Severino has looked sharp in the most recent stages of his rehab process.

"It's been a really good few weeks for Sevy. I know he's throwing the ball well and feels really good. ... We feel like he's in a really good spot right now. The stuff has been really good in his last couple of outings, and we're very encouraged by what we're seeing."