TAMPA – As the Yankees keep their fingers crossed that Luis Severino's upcoming series of tests on the right forearm, which starts on Monday, will not reveal a serious problem, they received positive news earlier this month about James Paxton's progress in back surgery.
According to Paxton, after the surgery on February 5, he increased his rehab workload and could play catch in 10 days.
“After ten days, it's four weeks. It depends on how I react to the treatments in the next 10 days, "said Paxton during the Yankees' 1-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the start of the exhibition season on Saturday at Steinbrenner Field." Everything went very well. I am optimistic. & # 39; & # 39;
When the Yankees announced that Paxton could miss 3-4 months, many started calculating from the beginning of the season, March 26th. However, the rehab, which started immediately after the operation, was more in line with this prognosis. That said, if Paxton continues to make progress, he could be back in early May.
When it comes to Severino, the Yankees can't be optimistic or pessimistic, because after two MRI exams and a low-season CT scan that were clean, the pain in the right forearm reappeared last week – as the right-hander Change threw – ups, but not when the fastball and the curveball were delivered. Severino flies to New York on Sunday and begins three days of testing at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
According to manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees are on hold with Severino, who received soft tissue treatment on Saturday.
"We are waiting for how the early week will develop," said Boone.
Paxton has progressed so far that its program has increased.
"We improve the exercises every day," said Paxton before Saturday's game. “On Monday we will resist the leg exercises. I am moving very well. No setbacks yet. "
Depending on which three days of testing were found on Severino's crazy right forearm, it would be a plus if Paxton came back in early May and not later in the month. If Severino's problem is not serious and Paxton makes it in early May, the Yankees are in good shape. If Severino is forced to miss a long time, the Yankees would benefit from getting Paxton back before he was expected.
Severino missed the first five months of last season due to an inflated rotator cuff problem and a lat injury during rotator cuff rehabilitation. He appeared in three games in September and made two starts in the ALCS against the Astros.
Paxton is obviously looking forward to taking part in a simple catch game that millions of people make every day.
"At least the ball will be in my hand," said Paxton, who went 15: 6 in 29 starts with 3.82 ERA and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Paxton described his pain after the operation as "fairly normal and it quickly cleared up".
Boone knew that Paxton might be able to play catch in 10 days because it was in the original timeline that was set at the start of the process.
"When I heard how he reacted to the operation the days after and until then, I think it's kind of a timeline," said Boone. "It should be built up. I have a feeling that he's really fine. Every day was good. He moves more. I think the good thing that annoyed him a little bit towards the end of the season and in the off-season and obviously in the off-season is that I'm probably now lagging behind. "