TAMPA — When Luis Severino was told he needed Tommy John surgery, the first thing he did was Google pitchers who have had the procedure.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s name appeared, giving Severino hope he can make a complete recovery from his operation, which took place Feb. 27.
“DeGrom’s name popped up,’’ Severino said at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday, his first public comments since undergoing the surgery. “And [Stephen] Strasburg, too, a lot of good pitchers came up. That gave me more confidence. These guys did it, I can do it, too. DeGrom has had a great career and Strasburg just won the MVP of the World Series.’’
DeGrom has won two straight Cy Young awards. Strasburg put together a great season and was dominant in October. DeGrom and Strasburg both had their surgeries in 2010. Ten years later, both are at the top of their game. Severino just turned 26. Strasburg, like deGrom, is 31.
You look for hope and inspiration anywhere you can find it in this life and the Yankees right-hander is doing just that.
“I know it is going to be a long recovery, but at least I’m sure I am going to be good for next year to help my team,’’ said Severino,…