MINNEAPOLIS – Joe Girardi said Luis Severino still has a ways to go.
The 22-year-old improved to 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Saturday night by allowing one run and three hits over 8 1⁄3 innings.
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But Girardi, perhaps still recalling the 0-6, 7.46 start Severino had to this season before he got hurt, wasn’t tossing bouquets the righthander’s way.
“We looked at it, [pitching coach Larry Rothschild] looked at it,” Girardi said. “It’s still needs some tuning up . . . it’s consistency. Here [in the majors] you can’t leave balls in the middle of the plate or they get hammered. I think a lot of times you have to look beyond the numbers.”
Girardi and Rothschild watched tape of his performance Saturday night.
“You see that sometimes the location’s not where it needs to be,” Girardi said. “He throws some really good sliders and then he throws some that are up or lack the downward movement you want. I think he’s making strides, I think he’s becoming more consistent, but we’re looking for some more.”
Tex to Scranton
Mark Teixeira, on the disabled list since June 4 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, ran the bases a second straight day and took batting practice.
“So far it’s been best-case scenario,” he said.
The first baseman is scheduled to play three games in Scranton starting Tuesday and, assuming no setbacks, he would be activated Saturday.
Girardi said when Teixeira does come back, the days off will be more frequent.
“You’re probably going to have to,” Girardi said. “And it’s probably going to be [something] where I’m going to have to check with him every day.”
Shreve declared healthy, optioned
Chasen Shreve (left shoulder joint sprain) was reinstated from the DL but instead of bringing him back to the big leagues, the Yankees optioned the lefthander to Scranton.
“We’ll try to get him on a roll,” Girardi said. “He had had some struggles his last four or five outings, so I think it’s important to get him back on a roll so he can help us.”
Shreve had a 5.21 ERA in 19 appearances, including a 7.21 ERA in his last 13 games in which he allowed seven homers.