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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/18/21

Severino feeling good in bullpen comeback attempt; Germán continues Scranton rehab; Schmidt recalled with Romano now on IL; Would Gil make the playoff roster?

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Three Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: Luis Severino threw two innings of batting practice yesterday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and both he and the Yankees are doing what they can to try to get him back for a limited role at the end of the regular season. He hasn’t pitched in a Major League game since the 2019 ALCS, but he personally feels ready. Still, manager Aaron Boone said that they’ll see how their injury-plagued righty feels on Saturday morning before deciding a next course of action, though it sounds like at least a one-game rehab assignment is likely. Although Severino won’t be a starter, he still has the raw talent to make an impact in short relief.

Speaking of rehab games, Hoch noted that before Domingo Germán rejoins the team, he’ll make another appearance for Triple-A Scranton today. He’s also expected to join the big league bullpen rather than start; Jesse recently outlined how he could help. Germán’s return is more imminent than Severino’s (and that of Jonathan Loáisiga, who only began his throwing program yesterday).

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees made a minor move prior to the start of their weekend series against Cleveland. Recently-recalled reliever Sal Romano was placed on the 10-day IL with a finger sprain, which he suffered on a comebacker during Tuesday night’s game in Baltimore. Replacing Romano will be pitching prospect Clarke Schmidt, who started last Sunday against the Mets. The start didn’t go that well, so at least for now, Schmidt will provide help out of the bullpen.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: As recently as the All-Star break, it would’ve been hard to believe that Luis Gil might factor into the Yankees’ playoff plans. However, he’ll be making his sixth career start today and while he was roughed up early on in his last time out against the Twins, he impressed his teammates by refusing to get fully rattled and recovering to allow just a single run and no walks over the five innings after the opening frame.

Could Gil make the playoff roster? He’s trying to make his case, and given the uncertainty of the current Yankees pitching staff, he might get a shot. Gil’s quest continues this afternoon.