New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino began a rehab assignment with the Double-A Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night, August 3, at TD Bank Ballpark.
The two-time MLB All-Star underwent Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow during Spring Training of 2020, and has not pitched in an MLB game since September of 2019.
Severino threw 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out four batters. The two runs he gave up came on one swing by the #2 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, Baysox catcher Adley Rutschman, who hit a two-run homer to right field.
“(Severino) said he felt pretty good,” Patriots Manager Julio Mosquera said. “His fastball had really good life, he threw a couple of really good changeups in there… you're going to have a little bit of rust but he felt good and wanted to keep on pitching.”
“I thought he looked great,” Patriots catcher Josh Breaux added. “He was executing his pitches really well and it was really fun to catch.”
The right-handed starter began a rehab assignment in late June with the Hudson Valley Renegades, but faced a setback in his rehab when he tweaked a muscle in his leg.
“He was a little nervous at the beginning,” Mosquera explained. “It was his first time pitching in a month and a half and his first time pitching at night in two years, so it's a little different.”
Peralta Joins Severino For Rehab Appearance
In addition to Severino’s start, Yankees reliever Wandy Peralta also made a rehab appearance, throwing 1.1 innings out of the bullpen, allowing one hit and no other base runners.
The Patriots defeated the Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) 8-4, the big blow coming on a three-run blast by Dermis Garcia in the seventh inning, for his team leading 20th long ball of the year. Somerset comes into Wednesday on a five game win streak, and atop the Northeast Division standings with a 49-29 record.
“Our team is feeling pretty good right now,” Mosquera added. “We love playing here in front of our crowd, it brings (our players) so much excitement. It's good to get back home and get these two weeks going”
Eli Fishman is the Minor League Baseball writer for Jersey Sporting News. He has experience writing for sites such as In The Zone and Last Word on Baseball as well as writing for his school paper, The Columbian. Eli is an incoming freshman at Ithaca College and will be majoring in Sports Media.