Yankees' Severino "Not Ok" With Being On 60-Day IL: "I'm 100%"

Luis Severino was having a superb renaissance season with the New York Yankees, a return from three almost totally lost seasons. Then came July 14, when a lat strain landed him on the IL once again. 

The Yankees said then that this time, the injury was "a low grade strain", and that he shouldn't be out for long. But then on Aug. 2nd, they transferred Severino to the 60-day IL, putting him out until mid-September. 

Now, the 28-year-old is angry, saying he's "100%" and is "not OK" with being on the 60-day, and is ready to return. He threw a 24-pitch live batting practice at the Stadium on Tuesday.

I’m not OK with it. I threw 95, 97 [mph] and it’s not even a thought in my mind. The 60-[day IL] wasn’t necessary. I know I could have been back by now.

And it seems that the fortunes of the Yankees' rotation have mirrored the presence and absence of Severino. As noted by the New York Post, their rotation ERA in the first half was 3.20, second-best in the American League. In the second half (after Severino went down with his lat strain), their ERA has been 4.73, second-last in the AL.

After a short simulated game, the team will send Severino on a short rehab assignment, allowing him to build up his innings until his return around Sept. 14th. He'll be able to make, hopefully, up to five starts before the playoffs.

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