Yankees' Luis Severino To Make Season Debut Tuesday Against Angels

Giancarlo Stanton Could Also Feature In Next Week's Homestand

Alex Greenberg
September 12, 2019 - 12:00 pm

After a long season of recovery and recuperation, Luis Severino appears to finally be ready to take the mound for the Yankees in 2019.

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Severino has been unavailable since he suffered an injury to his rotator cuff in spring training. The 25-year-old pitcher was initially expected back in May, but he suffered a few setbacks and has still yet to make his debut for the team this season.

That debut is now set for next week. Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone says Severino is likely to start on Tuesday against the Angels.

Severino established himself in 2018 as the Yankees’ ace. He started on Opening Day and he started the American League wild-card game. He also went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA over the course of the season.

The Dominican’s performances earned him a four-year, $40 million contract extension this winter, but the injuries have kept him from pitching in a real game since then.

Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) celebrates after making the last out while bases were loaded during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball ga

Severino had his final rehab start on Wednesday night with Double-A Trenton. He threw 64 pitches in 2.1 innings and was able to get his fastball back to its typical speeds that can come near to 100 mph.

But Severino isn’t the only Yankee who is slated to return during next week’s homestand with the Angels. Boone has said that Giancarlo Stanton is also expected to be back in the lineup at some point during that series.

Stanton has barely played this year, other than the first series of the season and a week in June. He has dealt with various injuries this campaign, but most recently it was a strained PCL in his left knee that kept him out of the action.

Despite all the injuries Boone's team has suffered this year, the AL East still isn't a contest. The Yankees lead by 8.5 games and are all but certainly headed for the postseason. Thus, it's the perfect time for Severino and Stanton to return. They can use these last few weeks of the regular season to gear up to play a part when October rolls around.

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