Aaron Boone plans on unleashing Luis Severino on the Twins Monday night, as the Yankees look to clinch an ALCS berth with a win in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Severino, who returned from injury in September, pitched in three starts at the end of the regular season, but never pitched more than five innings in a game. The right-hander hasn't thrown more than 80 pitches in a game since last season.
"I feel like he's at a good place physically," Boone said in a press conference prior to Game 3. "Feel like since he's started back and got on the mound the first time for his first side when he was coming back, it's gone according to plan."
Severino threw 67, 80 and 72 pitches in the three games he appeared in, totaling a combined 12 innings.
"He's good to go," Boone said. ... We feel like he can give us some distance if he's capable, if he's cruising. But we also want him to go out and empty the tank and know that we've got plenty of people behind him if he goes out and sets a really good tone for us."