BOSTON – Corey Kluber finally backed off on a mound on Friday in an attempt to bounce back from a strained shoulder that has sidelined him since May.
When asked about his confidence that he will be back at the end of the regular season, Kluber said, “Very.”
“The way I feel throw, the way I give back [and] Kluber said as he explained his belief that he would return.
Kluber threw 20 throws – all fast balls – in the bullfight before Yankees lost 6-2 to Red Sox Friday night at Fenway Park.
Right-handed people say everything goes as expected.
“More than anything, it’s a stepping stone,” says Kluber. “Every time you reach a new distance [throwing] or go off the island mound, you can rest assured after the first one is below your waist and it will be easier to not have it on your mind the next time you do it. “
Kluber, who signed a one-year, $11 million deal in pre-season, seems to have gotten round as he suffered a second shoulder strain in years. Cashman said previously the 35-year-old wouldn’t return on rotation until September.
Kluber again declined to give a timeline for a possible return, saying he doesn’t want to look too far ahead.
Luis Severino, returning from last year’s Tommy John surgery, is also set to host live batting practice on Saturday as he recovers from the strained groin he suffered during the start of his rehabilitation. second rehabilitation.
If all goes well, Severino could begin another round of rehabilitation next week.
The other two right-handers the Yankees have been looking forward to from this season, Michael King and Clarke Schmidt, are also yet to feature.
King will have to be rebuilt when he can come back from the middle finger bump that landed him on the IL.
Aaron Boone said Schmidt, who strained his elbow during training in the spring, is ready to play in his first game of the season. Schmidt most recently threw two innings of live batting practice.
His rehab trip, which will likely happen in Tampa, with the Low-A team or in the Florida Complex League, is expected to last three innings and about 40 pitches “in the next few days.”
Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier remain absent indefinitely.
Andujar had to get another shot of cortisone into his ailing left wrist on Thursday, Boone said.
“Hopefully that doesn’t work out,” he said. “He’s rushing back up and he’s still sore there. They are optimistic that it is not a long-term thing. “
If his wrist reacts to the hit, he can resume baseball activities on Saturday.
Frazier is still searching for answers to the vision problems he continues to solve. When asked if Frazier could appear in the off-season, Boone said, “I don’t know.”
Frazier can train and run, but has not yet begun baseball activities.
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