One night after rehabbing Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery started game one of the ELDS for Trenton, the Thunder announced on Thursday afternoon that both Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are scheduled to pitch in game three of their postseason series against Reading on Friday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Both Severino and Betances were scheduled to pitch in Scranton for the RailRiders on Friday night but the impending threat of Hurricane Dorian striking North Carolina postponed their postseason match up with Durham on Thursday and in turn has pushed the series schedule back.
The 25-year old Severino, who hadn’t pitched all season due to right rotator cuff inflammation and a right lat strain tossed 35 pitches over an inning-plus with Scranton last Sunday. The righty surrendered two runs and three hits in his first game action of 2019. The 31-year old Betances will pitch in a game for the first time in 2019 when he toes the rubber in Trenton tomorrow after being diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement during spring training after his diminished velocity drew concern from the organization.
One interesting wrinkle, as Yankees New York Daily New beat writer Kristie Ackert tweeted, both pitchers will use MLB baseballs during their rehab outing, which are used in the majors and Triple-A levels but not typically at the Double-A level.