Luis Severino throws without pain Wednesday
Severino, sidelined with right rotator cuff inflammation, made 25 throws on flat ground from 60 feet in Yankees camp and said he felt no pain, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported, however his mechanics felt "off" due to the long layoff.
Severino will throw again on Thursday then will take a day off as he hopes to return to the mound for New York at some point in May.
The Yankees No. 1 starter will still begin the 2019 season on the Injured List, along with fellow Yankees pitchers CC Sabathia and Dellin Betances, while Masahiro Tanaka gets the nod for Opening Day against Orioles.
Working in the Yankees' favor is the fact that they will face a number of subpar opponents to open the first month of the regular season with games against the Orioles, Tigers and White Sox. As most baseball experts will tell you, good team health is more important in October than it is in April, so the Yankees will be cautious with the growing number of Injured List members.
The addition of James Paxton and J.A. Happ to the rotation should help mitigate some of the injury concerns surrounding Severino and Sabathia, but several key starters will be unfit to play in roughly a week when the Yankees open their 2019 season.
Aaron Hicks (back) and Didi Gregorius (elbow) will both notably be absent from the starting lineup on March 28, but the Yankees will rely on internal options like Tyler Wade and newcomers like Troy Tulowitzki and D.J. LeMahieu to hold things down in their absence.
Stay tuned for more on Severino's rotator cuff recovery as the Yankees march toward another exciting season in the Bronx.
Luis Severino is playing catch for the first time since his March 5 injury: pic.twitter.com/NjSzxhtZoh- Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 20, 2019