Yankees ace Luis Severino continues to progress in his return from rotator cuff inflammation, but the Yankees "want him to feel 100 percent" before he gets back on the mound, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
Boone added that he is optimistic Severino will take the next step soon, with that step being graduating from long-tossing to the next phase of rehab.
Severino took his first big step toward a return on March 20, when he threw on flat ground.
The 25-year-old Severino has been dealing with the injury since March 5, and GM Brian Cashman announced in late March that the best-case scenario for Severino would be a May return -- confirming the timeline an orthopedic surgeon gave SNY shortly after the injury.
Severino does not have any structural damage in his shoulder, but he is basically re-doing his Spring Training.
The injury to Severino has been compounded by the fact that CC Sabathia -- who started his Spring Training work late after having a heart procedure earlier in the offseason -- has been out due to a suspension. That suspension is now over, Sabathia is pitching in rehab games, and he could rejoin the rotation as soon as April 12.
With both Severino and Sabathia out, the Yankees began the season with a starting rotation featuring Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, and Luis Cessa, while they have also gotten starts from Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga.
Gio Gonzalez, whose minor league deal is heavily incentive-based, is currently pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, has an April 20 opt-out in his contract.