Luis Severino pitched 97.3 mph ball at rehab game to return to Yankees lineup

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Luis Severino’s successful rehab game provides a glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark period of the Yankees’ history.

Friday was Luis Severino’s first rehab game with the Low-A Tampa Tarpons. Two scoreless innings, 22 pitches, one hit, three strikeouts, and no walks. The Yankees hope Severino, who threw at 97.3 mph, can return in mid-September and pitch in the playoffs.

Also, on Friday night, the Yankees lost 9-0 to the Rays. Andrew Benintendi was put on the injured list for 10 days after he broke his wrist bone. The outfielder is doubtful to play during the rest of the season.

Aaron Boone said it was an “embarrassing” loss for New York. It was bad in almost every way.

Luis Severino’s pitcher brought something to cheer up the Yankees’ fans. Also, there are a few other positive things.

Nestor Cortes could also return soon. He threw at live batting practice and his groin strain didn’t flare up. If things go well, he will join active duty soon. Cortes’ return would push Clarke Schmidt to the bullpen and trim the Yankees‘ relief corps.

Pitcher Zack Britton started for Low-A Tampa o Saturday. His last trip ended mid-way after he suffered leg cramps.

Jameson Taillon threw in the outfield with little bruising and swelling on Friday. Taillon’s last start was cut short by a wrist injury. The pitcher looks forward to making his next start soon. He is optimistic to start Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Aroldis Chapman is recovering from an infection. Manager Aaron Boone says it’s “improving.” Chapman got infected after having a tattoo.

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