HOUSTON — Luis Severino does not plan to shake his arm again anywhere near the pitching mound on Friday, for risk of Joe Girardi pulling him once again as a precaution with a phantom injury.
This is how much this Game 6 start means now to Severino, how much it has to mean to him to have the baseball back in his right hand with a second chance to oppose Astros righty Justin Verlander in this ALCS — only this time, with a trip to the World Series possibly hinging on his performance.
“I’m not gonna do nothing. I’m just gonna throw the ball and walk (around) like a robot. Nothing,” Severino joked about his previous start while on a conference call on Thursday, one day after the Yanks had assumed a 3-2 series lead with a 5-0 victory in the Bronx. “My (excitement) level, I think, is 100.
“We have a great team, so I’m real excited to get that ball on that day and try to do my best.”