ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Luis Severino took another step forward in his comeback from Tommy John surgery Thursday, with his first live batting practice session.
The right-hander, sidelined for over a year following the procedure, is expected back sometime around midseason. He threw about 30 pitches at the Yankees’ Player Development complex in Tampa.
According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who was not in attendance when Severino was throwing, hit 96 mph.
“I heard it went really well,’’ Boone said of the session, which was pushed back a day after Severino woke up with a stiff back Wednesday.
Severino’s return would give the Yankees another valuable arm, though their starters, so far, have mostly met expectations.
Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon and Domingo German have all pitched well, in addition to ace Gerrit Cole.
The rotation entered Thursday with the second lowest ERA in the American League (3.33), trailing only the White Sox.
Severino will still need a rehab assignment before he is considered ready to get back on the roster.
Gio Urshela started at shortstop in Thursday’s…