New York Yankees pitcher, Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery in late February, but now he is almost ready to start throwing again.
The New York Yankees‘ best pitcher over the last several seasons has been Luis Severino, but in 2020 that would not have been the case. In February, Severino underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow, ending his 2020 season before it had even started.
Not the news Yankees players, staff and fans wanted to hear, but it turns out it might’ve been the best possible decision. With many now believing that the 2020 season will not happen at all, Severino’s surgery might’ve come at the best possible time.
Following a season in which he only started three regular-season games, the Yankees were excited to see a healthy Luis Severino pitch on the same team as Gerrit Cole, undoubtedly giving the Yankees one of the best one-two punches in Major League Baseball. Not only do the Yankees have Cole and Severino, but there is also Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton to go with them as well.
No matter what happens with the 2020 season, Luis Severino will not suit up for the Yankees due to the fact that he is still recovering from his surgery, but now it appears he is headed in the right path with his rehab.
"“I’ve been down in Tampa since the day after I had my surgery. I do arm bike, dumbbell exercises, and I just follow the routine that [trainers] Timmy [Lentych] and Alfonso [Malaguti] 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.’’Per George A. King III of the New York Post"
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This is great news for the Yankees because if that’s the case, this would mean that Severino would be ready to go when Opening Day rolls around for the 2021 season. The timetable for return is so much different for each player that undergoes Tommy John surgery, so to hear that Severino will be ready to start throwing about six months after his surgery, is a huge relief.
This should get Yankees fans excited because in 2021, the Bronx Bombers’ starting rotation could look like this:
- Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA in 2019)
- Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39 ERA in 2018)
- Domingo German (18-4, 4.03 ERA in 2019)
- Masahiro Tanaka (Free agent entering the 2021 season)
- Clarke Schmidt (Yankees’ highest-ranked pitching prospect)
Both Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton are free agents entering the 2020 season, which means either and/or both of them might’ve already played their final games in a Yankees uniform, but we will have to wait and see what happens in both of those cases.
Nonetheless, Luis Severino rehabbing and potentially being ready to start throwing the ball once again this summer, is huge for the Yankees and could mean a lot moving forward.