Luis Severino was on the field on Friday, but the Yankees’ right arm was not yet near a mound. Severino, who was placed on the injured list on July 14 with a hamstring strain, was in the outfield, trying to clear the last few hurdles before he could begin his throwing programme.
“He is doing well. I think right now, if everything goes according to plan over the next few days, the plan is for him to start throwing on Monday,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the Royals at the stadium. said before Friday’s game against.
While Boone would not give a timeline for Severino’s expected return, realistically he is weeks away from starting a major league game again. It just emphasizes that the Raiders need to strike a deal to begin pitching before Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline.
On Friday night, the Bombers lost their first goal when the Reds sent Luis Castillo to Seattle. Ironically, Castillos debut with the Mariners is likely to be against the Bombers in the Bronx next week.
The Yankees have a scout in Chicago this weekend. The A’s are playing the White Sox The A’s are expected to start Frankie Montas in this series, but the Yankees will also be looking at right-hander Paul Blackburn, who is scheduled to throw for the A on Saturday. The 29-year-old Montas is also drawing huge interest from the contenders with 1.127 WHIPs and 109 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. Blackburn, 23, has yet to mediate. He has a 4.35 ERA having pitched 101.1 innings with 82 strikeouts. He fits the Yankees profile for under-the-radar pitchers who throw a sinker (34% of the time) that they think they can help develop — like Clay Holmes.
While the Yankees got six solid innings from Jameson Talon on Thursday night, the last month of his start has been a matter of concern; Allowed 23 earned runs in 29.2 pitched innings. Domingo German allowed seven earned runs in 7.2 innings with nine strikeouts in his first two starts of the season in place of Severino.
The Yankees have some youthful arms that can move and play a role even under the stretch. Clark Schmidt and JP Sears have already contributed. Ken Waldichuk, who is drawing interest from other teams, could also be a contributor if he is not used in a deal.
“I feel good about my rotation and feel really good about the people we have in the house. So those things, people are going to start going and going to different places. You never know what might happen in these next several hours,” Boone said. “It’s going to be crazy, I’m sure and there will be surprises and we can do things, we can’t. But we know we have all the people we need to do what we need to do and if we get reinforcements or not we will be prepared anyhow. ,
Josh Donaldson went into Friday night’s game with five strikes and a walk on the 1-for-15 slide. The 36-year-old received an infield single in Friday night’s 11-5 win over the Royals and is now hitting .203/.304/.383 with .687 OPS. It’s not exactly what the Yankees were expecting from the former American League MVP.
“I’ve always said, I feel like there’s a big round of crime going on, we just have to get it out,” Boone said. “We have to build up some momentum and then I still think it’s for him to be a destructive ball on offense. But the defense between him and DJ (LeMahieu) at third base has been fantastic. I don’t think that There has been better third base play than anywhere. I mean, I can’t imagine it. …… I knew we were still getting a good defender on third. I didn’t know we were getting that. “
The writing was on the wall long before the Yankees pulled the trigger on the deal that brought Andrew Benintendi to the Bronx. Joey Gallo’s time with the Yankees is coming to an end. he knows it.
Boone will have to try to manage his team and manage expectations and broken egos.
“I think our first goal, and I think everyone shares it there, it’s a team goal to win it all. So sometimes that means a little bit here and there when personnel change. There is a role, but it is also a situation that can create some, hopefully healthy, competition and hopefully the best out of our people,” Boone said. “I really feel like going into the last two months of the season and the dog days in particular, hopefully, it allows for some more rotation where you can keep them sharp and a little fresh. Throughout the season , and then what do we expect is going on in the playoffs.”
The Yankees have made it clear to the teams that Gallo is available for trade.