Good news for Yankees on Luis Severino’s return

Luis Severino of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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Following his recovery from a pulled lat that kept him sidelined since the last week of spring training, Luis Severino is set to make his return to the field. According to Manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees’ right-handed pitcher will commence a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa on either Wednesday or Thursday.

In his journey back, Luis Severino has been gradually regaining his form through bullpens and three games of live batting practice. During his most recent session on Friday, he threw 40 pitches across three innings. While another live session is anticipated on Friday, Luis Severino’s improved health allows him to embark on his rehab assignment.

Luis Severino to return in mid-May

Boone told “Sevy’s doing well” as the Yankees were set to play the Rangers in Game 3, which ended in a 15-2 victory for the hosts at Globe Life Field.

Luis Severino might return in mid-to-late May if everything goes well, but it is still unclear how many rehabs starts he will need to build up his pitch count.

Luis Severin may replace either Jhony Brito or Clarke Schmidt in the Yankees’ starting lineup if everyone stays healthy. The Yankees will need to make a decision soon, but they have a few weeks to do so.

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It’s clear that the Yankees’ starting rotation needs additional troops. Their other pitchers as a whole have a 5.65 ERA. So far this season, Gerrit Cole has been fantastic. In six games, his earned run average is only 1.11.

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After injuring their hamstrings, both Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton have resumed hitting, throwing, and running.

“I would say they’re both definitely making progress,” Boone said.

On April 21, after a setback in Donaldson’s recovery, Boone predicted the outfielder will be sidelined for “a couple more weeks.” However, Stanton was expected to be sidelined until the month of May due to a much more serious strain.

On Sunday, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre played host to Harrison Bader for his third rehab game. He had a nine-inning stint on both Saturday and Sunday. He played center field on Saturday and was the designated hitter on Sunday.

“He’s getting close,” Boone said.

Overall, Bader is 3-for-25 in his seven rehab games.

In his second practice at Globe Life Field on Sunday morning, Tommy Kahnle (biceps tendinitis) threw 20 pitches. For a grand total of 20 pitches, 16 were fastballs and 4 were changeups.

“Everything felt right,” Kahnle said.

Another bullpen session is scheduled on Thursday, at which point Kahnle may be ready to face live hitters. Kahnle will be eligible for a recall from the 60-day IL at the end of May after participating in four to six rehab games.

On Sunday, Oswald Peraza drove in a run while batting second, going 1 for 4. In his second two-hit game of the year, Aaron Hicks also drove in a run.

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