TRENTON – When the Yankees return home from a ten-game road trip on Tuesday, they will be greeted by their ace, Luis Severino, who is slated to join the team for the first time this season after firing 3.2 innings for Trenton on Wednesday night in what would be his third and final rehab outing.
“That’s my next step,” Severino said. “I’m looking four or five days from now they’ll be at home and I’ll be throwing that game.”
Rumors and speculation has swirled that the Yankees could potentially use Severino in an extended bullpen role upon his return. Severino addressed that following his outing on Wednesday night.
“I’m throwing 65 pitches and I’m not going to throw in the bullpen with 65,” said Severino. “I think it’s going to be as a starter.”
In total Severino tossed 7.2 innings over three rehab starts between Triple-A Scranton and Trenton. He allowed four earned runs on 13 hits while fanning 11 and walking none over that stretch. Most importantly, Severino has felt healthy after each outing and has had his signature elite velocity, which sat 96-97 MPH on Wednesday night and touched as high as 98 on the radar gun.
Severino tossed a season-high 64 pitches( 47 strikes) on Tuesday night as he continues to build stamina to rejoin the Yankees for a postseason run.
“We’re going straight to the postseason,” Severino said. “We have a great team and we have to compete. I have to go there and I think I’ll have three outings before the postseason, so I need to get my stuff going quickly to be 100 percent ready to pitch in the playoffs.”