Yankees player Louis Severino is eager to start minor league rehab

Yankees player Louis Severino is eager to start minor league rehab

News agencyMay 7, 2023, 02:36 PM ET2 minutes to read

street. PETERBURG, Fla. — New York Yankees right-hander Louis Severino said it was “unnecessary” for the team to decide to have him play in a controlled minor league game on Friday rather than in a first-class game in Tampa.

Severino has been on the 15-day injured list since the start of the regular season with a proper strain. He was originally scheduled to start Wednesday in a Florida State League game. It was first moved to Thursday before being cancelled.

“I guess it wasn’t necessary to not throw the ball low, but I do whatever they tell me to do,” Severino said Sunday before the Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays. “I just want to go out there and try to build up my number of pitches to where I feel comfortable, and I can come back soon.”

Severino ended up throwing 40 pitches at Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa for the camp game and said he felt “good” afterward.

“I know they want the best for me, but now I’m one step away and I hope to be back on the court soon,” said Severino.

Severino isn’t entirely happy with the plan going forward. He is scheduled to play Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the 11:05 a.m. game on Wednesday, but prefers the Thursday night game.

“I don’t want to stay in Scranton, there’s not a lot to do there,” Severino said. “And I don’t want to be driving at six in the morning [from the New York City area]. So we hope [I can pitch Thursday]. One day it won’t be a big deal.”

Severino has only started 26 games due to injuries since going 19-8 in 2018. He was also sidelined with Tommy John surgery and a sore right patella.

“His history certainly plays a small part there,” Yankees coach Aaron Boone said. “He wants to play, he wants to come back here, he wants to be on rotation. He feels good. I think he’s a guy who wants to go.”

Severino said the appearance on the field did not allow him to get back into the rhythm of the game, including the court clock.

“I was really good in spring training, but it was just like months ago,” Severino said.

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