For the first time this season, Luis Severino threw off a big league mound.
Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Cleveland Indians, Severino faced hitters while pitching off the Yankee Stadium mound. This is a step in the right direction for the 25-year-old’s rehab process.
Severino threw 25 pitches in the bullpen and 15 in his mini-simulated game and said he feels “I’m on the right track.” He heads to Tampa now. If he continues to progress, he can be quite a late season weapon.
Severino threw a total of 40 pitches: 25 pitches in the bullpen, then another 15 during his simulated game. He faced three hitters, including assistant hitting coach PJ Pilittere and bullpen catcher Radley Haddad, as the main focus was for Severino to make his pitches.
Here is some video footage from Severino’s simulated game:
Some Yankee teammates were in attendance to watch Severino, including Luke Voit and Masahiro Tanaka. Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman were also present to watch the right-hander as he continues to progress from his season-long injury.
Afterwards, Severino seemed to be in good spirits, as it appears that the simulated game went well. The plan is for him to head to Tampa as he takes the next steps in his rehab process.
Luis Severino faced three hitters, including assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, who lined a single up the middle. Even so, Severino is all smiles. pic.twitter.com/Dz3IGuqbDP