Yankees' Severino to start Tuesday in 2019 debut

New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino is expected to make his season debut Tuesday when he starts against the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

The two-time All-Star has been on the 60-day injured list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff and has not pitched since Game 3 of the 2018 American League Division Series on Oct. 8. He also had a Grade 2 lat strain.

"No question we're excited to get him back," Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters Thursday. "Feels like he's been in pretty good place physically now for a couple of months and building really good momentum. I feel like his progression has gone really smooth.

.".. He could be a game-changer guy for us, there's no question."

Severino, 25, is expected to join the team Friday in Toronto.

He made his third and final rehab start Wednesday night for Double-A Trenton and pitched 3 2/3 innings against Bowie, allowing one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

"I feel pretty good," Severino told reporters after the game. "Today, I was looking forward just to seeing my arm. I was letting the ball go better than the first one. I was working on my secondary pitches. My changeup was down in the zone. I left a couple up, but I think that everything went well."

Severino earned his second straight All-Star selection in 2018, finishing 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 32 starts (191 1/3 innings).

In other Yankees injury news, right-hander Dellin Betances (shoulder) and left-hander Jordan Montgomery (elbow) could return to the roster as early as this weekend.

--Field Level Media

09/12/2019 17:05

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