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Despite Injury, Severino Showed Promise in Rehab Start

Luis Severino exited in the second inning with an injury. (Robert M Pimpsner)

It was a short rehab outing for Yankees right-handed pitcher Luis Severino on Saturday. The 27-year-old ace lasted just 1 2/3 innings before being helped off the field after suffering what looked like a groin strain to his right leg. This will likely put his comeback on hold for the time being.

Before leaving the game, Severino looked impressive. His delivery had a good tempo and his arm looked free and quick. The fastball had life and reached 99 MPH. Severino was able to locate on both sides of the plate and elevate to get a couple of swings and misses. 

Severino also mixed in his slider and changeup during this start. The changeup had late sinking action and induced a couple of roll-over ground balls. Josh Smith made a great play to his backhand side in the first on one of Severino’s changeups. 

The slider had a bite today. He located the pitch down in the zone and was able to back foot both Baty and Mauricio in the first with good sliders. 

 

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