Yankees RHP Luis Severino is finally set to make his season debut on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium against the Angels, according to Aaron Boone.
Severino has been on the IL all season, dealing with shoulder and lat issues. He has been progressing really well in his rehab recently, and after checking off all the boxes, the Yankees are ready to bring him back to the Bronx.
The 25-year-old pitched in his last rehab start last night with Double-A Trenton, where he was solid. Four runs may have been on the board, but only one was earned and he recorded four strikeouts over 64 pitches (47 strikes) in 2.1 innings. Reports also had Severino's fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s with it topping out at 98 mph.
That's what the Yankees wanted to see from Severino before it was time for him to be in pinstripes again. But, while he may be getting the start here in his return, it will be interesting to see if he remains in that role for the rest of the regular season heading into the postseason.
Severino is a fresh arm heading into October, but do the Yankees really want him thrown right into the postseason rotation without having a sample size for this season? Using him out of the bullpen -- as an opener or to follow one -- is another option they could consider. There is also the fact that the bullpen is loaded to begin with.
No matter what the Yankees do, though, having Severino back is perfect timing for the team. Now we'll see what exactly he can offer the Bombers on Tuesday.