Severino, sidelined all season with shoulder and lat problems, is expected to make his first start Tuesday against the Angels.

Luis Severino injury update: Yankees pitcher (shoulder) set to make 2019 debut


Luis Severino finally will be making his season debut.

The hard-throwing Yankees right-hander has recovered enough from an inflamed rotator cuff and subsequent lat strain that he is expected to make his first start of the year at home Tuesday against the Angels, MLB.com reported.

Severino has been out since before the beginning of the season with the rotator cuff problem, then strained his lat during his rehab. The 25-year-old has been rehabbing in the minors, most recently with Double-A Trenton, where on Wednesday he pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs (one earned) with four strikeouts.

A two-time All-Star, Severino has been able to throw 97 mph fastballs, even breaking 98 mph twice during his recovery

Severino was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and struck out 220 in 191 1/3 innings last year, his second straight All-Star season. In the offseason, he signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension.

Per MLB.com, his return could set up a deep Yankees playoff rotation as he could join James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Domingo German.

With 16 games to play, the Yankees (95-51) enter Thursday with an 8 1/2-game lead over the Rays in the American League East and are a half-game up on the AL West-leading Astros (95-52) for the best record in the league.



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