The wait was longer than the Dominican Luis Severino could have imagined, but while the Yankees are hoping that he will return in time to be ready for the postseason, on Sunday he dropped balls from the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time in 2019.
"It felt great," said Severino, who made 16 submissions to three mock hitters. “I have not been on a real mound this year. It feels super good. We are getting better. The line is there. I feel that I am on the right path. ”
Under the watchful eye of general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and pitcher coach Larry Rothschild, Severino threw the bullpen catcher, Radley Haddad, with assistant bat coach P.J. Pilittere playing the batter.
Pilittere, a former catcher who played eight seasons in the Yankees' farm system between 2004 and 2011, connected one of Severino's hit changes to the central garden.
"It's not just throwing strikes, you have to visualize the batter there," Severino said. "I'm glad they swung, because that's how you know if your pitches are working or not."
Boone said that Severino seemed to launch with "freedom and ease", after losing almost the entire season due to an inflammation in the right shoulder and a pull in the right side. Along with Dellin Betances, Severino was scheduled to travel to the club complex in Tampa, Florida, where he was going to begin a rehabilitation assignment in the minors after his next simulated game.
"We remain very optimistic," said Boone. “Talking to him, you notice how he feels. This takes time, and now he is starting to feel confident that he is well, healthy, and can continue taking the next steps. ”