The bulldog has returned to the mound. After spending 69 days on the disabled list with a strained right lat, Luis Severino made his first start for the Yankees since July 13. With 64 well-planned pitches, two hits, one walk, and six strikeouts, Severino showed signs of being in good shape and prepared to handle the challenges that lie ahead.
“I was just happy to be back with the team, finally come back and help in any way that I can,” Severino said. “I feel really good. I feel confident and ready to get another start.” With a 14-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, it seems as if Severino got quite a good start, in the Bronx on Wednesday.
Luis Severino didn’t show much signs of rust
Luis Severino, who made his season debut after more than two months with a 3.36 ERA, didn’t appear to have forgotten how to throw, walking Oniel Cruz in the game’s leadoff spot, striking out Rodolfo Castro, and pitching a six-pitch fifth inning to close it off. “For the first time in my life I was not trying to strike out everybody,” Severino said. “I was trying to save my pitches and get a quick inning. … I was gonna get mad if I threw less than five innings.”
“I liked what I saw tonight,” Aaron Judge said. “He’s a bulldog on the mound and he’s definitely going to be a big piece down the stretch.” “Wow, I thought he was great,” manager Aaron Boone said. “For as good as he’s been this year, I thought it was the best fastball he had maybe all year. … I thought he was really sharp. The stuff was there and he looked strong and healthy.”