James Paxton Expected To Be Back In Yankees Rotation Wednesday

CC, Betances, Severino Also Closer To Returns

May 27, 2019 - 3:07 pm

By WFAN.com

James Paxton, out since May 3 after experiencing inflammation in his left knee, is expected to return to the Yankees' rotation Wednesday. 

After throwing a bullpen session Sunday, the left-hander said his knee "felt the best that it's felt since going on the IL."

Paxton is now waiting to be cleared from head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. He estimates he could throw about 75 pitches Wednesday against the Padres.

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Acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners in the offseason, Paxton struggled in his first few starts with the Bombers before finding his rhythm. In his four starts leading up to the injury, he had a 1.19 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 22 2/3 innings.

In other Yankees injury news:

- CC Sabathia plans to throw a bullpen session and, if all goes well, he could return Sunday against the Red Sox. He was placed on the injured list last week, also with knee inflammation. The 38-year-old lefty needed to have fluid drained from his surgically repaired right knee. 

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- Reliever Dellin Betances threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday, his first since opening the year on the IL with a right shoulder impingement that was believed to be hurting his velocity in spring training. After pitching a simulated game in April, Betances was shut down again due to a bone spur in the shoulder. His workout Monday entailed throwing only fastballs. He plans to mix in other pitches in his next session Thursday.

- Luis Severino, who also has not pitched this season due to right rotator cuff inflammation and a Grade 2 lat strain, is expected to start throwing on flat ground at some point this week, something he has not done since April 6. He said he has not felt pain in his shoulder or back in "20-something days." "It’s good he’s at the point where he feels ready to move forward with that,'' manager Aaron Boone said Monday.

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