If every thing had gone in accordance to plan, Luis Severino might have been again pitching for the Yankees this week or subsequent.
But given how he initially felt when he suffered a groin strain in his second rehab start on June 12, the right-hander is simply inspired he nonetheless has an opportunity to pitch once more this season.
“It actually felt like somebody shot me in the leg,” Severino mentioned Wednesday, earlier than the Yankees performed host to the Angels, in his first feedback for the reason that harm. “It felt actually unhealthy. I couldn’t stroll. Two or three days later, I used to be strolling good. At the start, it was a wrestle strolling stairs and stuff like that.
“In that moment, yes, I thought it was the end [of my season],” he later added.
The Yankees might actually use Severino, who has not pitched for the massive league membership since Game 3 of the 2019 ALCS, 4 months earlier than he underwent Tommy John surgical procedure. It stays to be seen what sort of pitcher they are going to be getting again when he does return — supervisor Aaron Boone has mentioned the reviews from Severino’s dwell bullpens and first rehab begin had been encouraging — however he might present a shot in the arm for a scuffling staff that entered Wednesday 7 ½ video games again of first place in the AL East.
While common supervisor Brian Cashman mentioned over the weekend that Severino’s timetable for a return had been pushed back four-to-six weeks by his groin injury — placing him in line to probably be again early-to-mid August — the two-time All-Star mentioned he’s shocked at how rapidly he has rebounded from the setback.
Severino has been working, throwing up to 120 ft and doing agility drills in the outfield earlier than video games over the previous week and is in line to throw a bullpen session in the close to future.
“The thing is I don’t go more than 120 [feet], so arm-wise, I’m bullpen-ready,” Severino mentioned. “It’s a matter of time and [we’ll] see how long it takes.”
Severino, who threw 34 pitches in every of his two rehab begins, believes he would have solely wanted two extra begins in the minors earlier than rejoining the Yankees. He is now having to undergo that course of over again, however mentioned his fastball command was feeling “good” on the time of the groin harm.
“Of course it was disappointing,” he mentioned. “It’s been a long road back and being so close and then pushing it a month, month and a half back, it’s really frustrating. But now I can’t think about that. I have to think about getting better and being back on the mound as soon as possible.”
In the meantime, Severino has been compelled to watch the Yankees navigate a bumpy yr with out him. They entered the season with loads of query marks behind Gerrit Cole and have supplied a combined bag of outcomes, with a starters’ ERA of 4.02 (fifteenth in MLB).
The rotation carried the staff via a powerful stretch of video games in May, however has since misplaced Corey Kluber (proper shoulder pressure) till probably September. Michael King has changed him in the rotation, whereas Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon have all battled inconsistency.
The Yankees are additionally nearing the halfway level of the season, which means an elevated give attention to pitchers’ workloads coming off of final yr’s 60-game schedule — placing depth at a premium.
“I think we got a great team,” Severino mentioned. “The games that we lose [are] in the past, we can’t do nothing about that. We have to think about the present and what we can do to help the team win.”
Severino hopes to just do that after he’s lastly ready to get all the way in which again from his two accidents.
“I’ve been waiting long enough, so waiting a little more is not going to make a big difference,” he mentioned. “It was bad when it happened, but right now, I’m focused on getting better.”