Observations from Yankees’ spring training on Saturday.
Luis Severino’s comeback from last year’s Tommy John surgery is still going smoothly after increased throwing this past week. He’ll continue to throw from 120 feet next week, and if all goes well, could throw off a mound for the first time the following week.
Weight off his shoulder
Mike Tauchman said he dealt with a right shoulder injury last year after he aggravated it. The outfielder, who is fighting for a roster spot, said it might have contributed to his poor season, but added it wasn’t serious enough for an IL stint.
Caught my eye
After struggling to hit fastballs last season, Gary Sanchez hit one out off Chad Green in live batting practice, which hitting coach Marcus Thames said was a positive sign for the catcher in his attempt to come back from his 2020 nightmare — since that was a pitch he struggled with in particular. Sanchez is expected to DH on Sunday and catch Gerrit Cole on Monday.
The Yankees host the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. for their Grapefruit League opener, with Mike King on the mound, most of the regulars expected to be in the lineup and fans in the stands for the first time since last spring.