Yankees’ Severino, Betances to start throwing

Field Level Media

July 14, 2019 at 8:41 pm.

Sidelined New York Yankees pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will start throwing on Monday as they make another attempt to come back from injuries, manager Aaron Boone said on Sunday.

Both pitchers underwent MRI exams and got the green light to throw.

Severino and Betances had shoulder injuries, and during their rehabs, both suffered strained lat muscles. Neither right-hander has appeared in a regular-season game this season.

“I think we’re confident with where they’re at as far as their recovery,” Boone said Sunday before the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 4-2. “We feel they’re in position to be ready to start this step. Their feedback and how they feel and bounce back is always a major part of the evaluation and how they lay out the program. … They’re ready to graduate to this point.”

Boone provided no timetable for either pitcher’s return.

In an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday, general manager Brian Cashman said the 25-year-old Severino could be used out of the bullpen or as a starter on a limited pitch count when he returns, which he estimated at six weeks or longer.

Boone wouldn’t commit to either option.

“I think we’re way too early in the process,” he said. “I’m sure that’s possible. I think there are a number of things potentially on the table, based on how he progresses, what he gets to and then we’ll see where we’re at as he builds himself up.”

Boone added that he is looking forward to seeing how the situation plays out.

“I’m just really interested and excited about [Severino] starting a throwing program and seeing where that progresses,” Boone said. “How is he responding? How is he bouncing back? I haven’t begun to put a timeline on what it’s gonna take to have him built up to be a starter for us or any kind of option for us.”

A two-time All-Star, Severino was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 32 starts last season. He signed a four-year, $40 million deal in February.

Betances, 31, was 4-6 with a 2.70 ERA in the 2018 season. He had four saves in 66 appearances.