Luis Severino encounters bumpy rehab, stunned at German’s ejection

Luis Severino starts for Somerset Patriots in his first rehab game on May 16, 2023.

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On Tuesday night, Yankees right-hander Luis Severino made a rehab start for the Somerset Patriots. But the results weren’t encouraging.

Luis Severino also failed the vision exam. The Reading Fightin Phils pounded out six hits in Luis Severino’s three-thirds innings scoring two runs. However, the two-time All-Star was unconcerned by the shaky rehab.

Luis Severino brushes off rehab issues

Luis Severino mentioned during the late innings of Somerset’s thrilling 14-10 victory that every time one went on a rehab assignment, they would get hit. He stated that it applied to him personally, indicating that he was prepared for the big leagues.

Luis Severino has been recovering from a lat injury since spring training and will likely be ready to make his season debut in Cincinnati on Sunday.

Before right-hander Domingo German was removed from Tuesday night’s game in Toronto before the bottom of the fourth inning for failing a foreign substance check, the Yankees said they would wait to make a decision until they saw how Luis Severino pitched.

He expects to return this coming weekend. His first rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre went better, as he only allowed one run over three and a third innings.

Luis Severino expressed that initially, he had some concerns. He noticed a number of 91s on the board and thought to himself that it couldn’t be accurate. However, upon inquiring, he was informed that it was actually 95. He believed that his fastball would still be effective, so that wasn’t a cause for worry.

His off-speed pitch was terrible. He successfully bounced several times during his 53 pitches and 39 strikeouts.

He mentioned that he attempted to throw a breaking ball discreetly, but it resulted in a 110 mph exit velocity straight up the middle. He expressed confidence that with increased innings and more pitching opportunities, he would improve his performance.

Luis Severino on German ejection

The news about German came up in Luis Severino’s interview after the outing, and it shocked him. He expressed his intention to check Instagram and Twitter to find out what had happened.

As a result of his efforts, Luis Severino scored twice and left the game feeling satisfied. He avoided injury and threw 58 pitches when he was only supposed to throw 60 that evening.

At times, Luis Severino had the poise of a Yankees starter. The scoreboard at TD Bank Ballpark indicated that his fastball velocity was between 91 and 94 mph. But more reliable radar guns showed that he was consistently throwing between the 94s and 95s and reached a peak of 97 mph during a first-inning strikeout.

Catcher admired Yankees starter

Luis Severino might also improve his performance by focusing on the batters’ strategy. On Tuesday, before the game, catcher Austin Wells had no such issues. He credited Wells for the decision, stating that he informed Wells that he was willing to do whatever was asked of him.

What Wells found behind the plate intrigued him.

Wells commented on the performance, expressing his admiration. He mentioned that he considered the opposing lineup to be strong, as they managed to make solid contact and produce hard-hit balls. However, he observed that Luis Severino successfully navigated through the challenges and showcased impressive pitches. Wells specifically highlighted the effectiveness of Severino’s fastball, noting its ability to generate swings and misses. Overall, he observed that all of Severino’s pitches exhibited excellent movement.

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