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Nationals to hold virtual ceremony to unveil 2019 World Series rings

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The Nationals announced on Tuesday that the organization will hold a virtual ceremony to unveil their 2019 World Series rings on Sunday, May 24. It will be broadcast on MASN, MLB Network, the Nationals’ YouTube channel, the Nationals’ Facebook page, and the Nationals’ website.

The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli provides more details. Players and coaches will join a Zoom call, ostensibly discussing the importance of the championship. They will receive their rings in the mail shortly thereafter.

Last October, the Nationals emerged victorious in seven games to win the World Series over the Astros, winning Game 7 6-2. It is the franchise’s first championship. Stephen Strasburg was named World Series MVP as he limited the Astros to four earned runs on 12 hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings during his two starts.

Luis Severino ‘progressing well’ after Tommy John surgery

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In late February, Yankees starter Luis Severino was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He underwent Tommy John surgery and has spent the past three months rehabbing. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Severino says he has been “progressing well” and “making steady progress” in his recovery.

Severino has been working out at George M. Steinbrenner Field — home to the Yankees’ Single-A team as well as spring training — while baseball has been shut down due to coronavirus. He has been doing arm, bike, and dumbbell exercises as recommended by team trainers.

The 26-year-old made only three starts last year before being sidelined, allowing a pair of runs on six hits and six walks with 17 strikeouts over 12 innings. In 2018, Severino was an All-Star, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and a 220/46 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings. That prompted the Yankees to sign him to a four-year, $40 million extension in February last year.