NEW YORK – Luis Severino, the starter of the injured New York Yankees, is so ready to return to a big pitcher mound that he said on Monday that he would be comfortable changing his role and get out of the pen if necessary.
"I just want to start," said Severino, addressing reporters before the Yankees open a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. "No matter where and when, in the pen or in the lobby, I just want to throw."
Severino's comments came as speculation began to gain momentum in recent days, according to which the Yankees might consider taking it out of the starting rotation once it would have come back from the right tension and problems in the shoulder that would have lost his season at this point.
The comments also came the same day that Severino resumed a throwing program, batting with fellow injured Dellin Betances, who was also launching for the first time in this post-recoil phase of his own recovery from a stump right. When the manager, Aaron Boone, saw the two pitchers early in the day, he wished them a "happy throwing day".
As for Severino, just three weeks ago, the right-hander was closed for the second time this season after an MRI revealed that the injury to the back of his launcher arm was no longer a problem. was not completely cured. Just before the MRI, however, he had already been cleared – without MRI – and, therefore, was participating in a throwing program. By that time, he and the Yankees thought that he was finally going to overcome the arm and back problems that torment him since he was scratched after a spring training start.
"I'm really confident," said Severino on Monday, highlighting his belief as to the current health of his right upper back muscle. "Even the last time when they sent me away, I did not feel anything, maybe they were afraid that something bigger was going to happen, I just know that I feel good."
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, for the first time alluded to the possibility of putting Severino out of the market on Friday during an interview with "MLB Network Radio" on Sirius XM. The belief is that, because he would not be asked to do more than 80 shots every five days late in his last rehab, Severino would have less time to get back to pitching if he was assigned to a considerably lighter load. the relief workload.
The six weeks anticipated by Cashman according to Severino's needs during his rehab, a departing pitcher could be reduced by a few days as he came out of the envelope.
"I want to be a starter," said Severino. "[But] if they talk to me and they need me faster, I would say yes [to being a reliever]. "
Boone was reluctant to say whether the Bullpen option was a real option for his ace, who scored 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in input last season.
"We want to strengthen it, and I hope the process will run smoothly and that it will be built in this way," said Boone. "That being said, we will probably continue to re-evaluate it every two weeks to see where we are and see what will make the most sense."
Earlier in his career, Severino was out of the closet. He was raised 11 times in 2016, with a 3-0 record with a 0.39 ERA. In 23 & frac13; he had 25 strikeouts. Its last two seasons, however, it has been used exclusively as a starter.
In addition to Severino's work in the field on Monday, Betances made 25 shots at around sixty feet, while his own throwing program resumed. Since he had already been prepared to pitch a mound and pitch hitters, he did not expect that he would be rehabilitated as long as Severino.
Nevertheless, the right-handed substitute does not attempt to place a chronology on his own return. He also had his share of false starts and setbacks after being stopped at the start after a series of spring training appearances. Similarly, Betances has not played in a major league match this season.
"For me, it's a bounce once I start batting," Betances said about the next milestone he wants to reach. "It's what's been worth the last time."