Severino has been progressing well with his rehab, and after facing live hitters in simulated games, the Yankees feel it is time for him to take the next step with live game action.
Boone said Sevy’s last sim game was three innings, so we’ll see how long he is allowed out for the Tampa Tarpons Sunday.
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 earlier. “Let’s get past today and hope everything goes well.”
Considering the All-Star Break is over a month away, the Yankees will be cautious with Severino through this process, as they don’t want to rush him back up.
The veteran right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 following a 2019 season that saw him pitch only 20.1 innings, including the postseason, due to various other injuries. But Boone is hearing that Sevy is looking pretty impressive at the moment.
“The stuff has been really good in his last couple of outings, and we’re very encouraged by what we’re seeing,” he said.