Buster Posey was involved in a play at the plate last night for the first time since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25.
Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus singled into center field and center fielder Angel Pagan made a strong throw to the plate. Posey positioned himself a couple feet in front of home plate to receive the throw and made a lunging swipe tag at a sliding Mitch Moreland. The runner was ruled safe, but most importantly, Posey made it through the play unscathed.
While it was an important hurdle to cross, Posey told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he was mostly focused on his technique.
“I was more thinking kind of about the work we’d done this spring and all the practice and stuff,” Posey said. “And I think … I think it was good.”
Reflecting on Posey’s collision with Cousins is inevitable and it will likely be brought up every time a runner is bearing down on him this season and perhaps for longer, but hopefully we’ll get to the day where plays at the plate become routine again.
Luis Severino will finally get his shot at an Opening Day start this year, the Yankees announced Saturday. According to manager Aaron Boone, he’ll lead a rotation comprised of Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery. It’ll be the first time since 2014 that someone other than Tanaka has taken the ball for Opening Day.
Severino, 24, is fresh off of his best career year to date. The right-hander pitched to a 14-6 record in 31 starts with the Yankees in 2017 and earned an All-Star nomination and Cy Young award consideration with a 2.98 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, 10.7 SO/9 and 5.7 fWAR in 193 1/3 innings. “We feel like it’s his time for it,” Boone told reporters Saturday. “With what he was able to do last year, we feel like he’s in a really good place now. We just felt like now is the time for him to take on that role and we think he’s ready for it. I’m looking forward to seeing him grow in his role as one of the aces of this staff.”
Prior to Saturday, Severino pitched in just one Grapefruit League game this spring. He fired 3 1/3 innings against the Phillies, allowing three hits and one unearned run and striking out three batters.
The Yankees are scheduled to kick off the season on March 29 against the Blue Jays. Jordan Montgomery will start their home opener against the Rays on April 2.