‘Best I’ve been feeling all year’

Luis Severino still has another month to spend on the injured list, but he is excited about how he is feeling on the way there. 

The Yankees right-hander threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday, his first since landing on the IL in mid-July with a “low-grade” lat strain. 

“I think it’s the best I’ve been feeling all year,” Severino said afterwards. 

Luis Severino walks on the field ahead of the Yankees' loss to the Rays.
Luis Severino walks on the field ahead of the Yankees’ loss to the Rays.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

While Severino was surprised and frustrated about being transferred to the 60-day IL this month, thus delaying his return until Sept. 12 at the earliest, he believes he will be “more than ready” to return that day. 

“At that time, I’ll be maybe around 115 pitches,” Severino, who threw all of his pitches in Monday’s bullpen, said with a grin. “I’ll have a lot of time to work on that.” 

Assuming Severino bounces back well from Monday’s session, he will throw another on Thursday. Manager Aaron Boone said Severino could have “a few more bullpens” before advancing to facing live hitters, which would be a precursor to a rehab assignment. 

“I know he feels really good about how he’s feeling and he certainly looked like that today,” Boone said. 

Michael King feels “actually great” right now, but he will feel much better if he does not require an additional surgery. The standout reliever already went under the knife to repair his fractured right elbow, an injury suffered while throwing a pitch July 22 in Baltimore. 

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