Yankees RHP Luis Severino, who will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in February, recently spoke about his progress toward a return.
"I've been down in Tampa since the day after I had my surgery," Severino told the New York Post via email. "I do arm bike, dumbbell exercises, and I just follow the routine that (the trainers) plan out for me. I spend an hour and half with them in the trainer's room before I move into the gym, every day, five days a week.
"Things have been progressing well. I've been making steady progress -- lifting, doing exercises. Since three months ago -- I think when I first had my surgery -- I feel way better. I'm doing everything I need to do right now so that I can start throwing this summer."
With rehab from the surgery usually taking between 12 and 18 months, the hope is that Severino will be able to have a normal spring training in 2021 and be ready for Opening Day.
Severino also talked about the disappointment that has come from being injured, but said he's focused on the long term.
"I want to be healthy for a long time," he said. "So I want to use this year -- and last year -- to get better, listen to my body. Of course, I was mad at that time [of the injuries], but right now I just want to worry about getting healthy again and having a long career."
The 26-year-old signed a four-year extension worth $40 million before the 2019 season, but missed the majority of the year due to rotator cuff and lat injuries, pitching just 12.0 innings.
Without Severino, the Yankees are expected to have a rotation that features Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and J.A. Happ during what will be the shortened 2020 season that is expected to begin around July 1 if the league and players reach an agreement.
Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, and Luis Cessa are among those in the mix for the final spot in the rotation, with the team also having the ability to turn to Chad Green as an opener.