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Yankees’ Lou Trivino no longer throwing as another Tommy John recipient nears next step

TAMPA — Lou Trivino has suffered a setback.

The reliever, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been shut down. Yankees manager Aaron Boone made that known on Sunday after imaging and consultations with team doctors and Dr. Neal ElAttrache determined that Trivino is dealing with elbow inflammation after going a little too hard, too fast in his rehab efforts.

Trivino’s ulnar collateral ligament is intact, and he’s two weeks into not throwing after being shut down for three to four weeks.

“He won’t throw for a couple more weeks, and then start ramping up again,” Boone said. “I think they feel like it’s kind of minor.”

The right-handed Trivino underwent Tommy John surgery last May and was non-tendered in November, but he signed a one-year deal with a club option with the Yankees at the start of spring training.

Acquired alongside Frankie Montas in 2022, Trivino was lights out for the Yankees following the trade. He recorded a 1.66 ERA over 25 games for the team before missing all of last season.

Trivino spent most of last season rehabbing in Tampa, as well as at Eric Cressey’s facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Cressey is the Yankees’ director of player health and performance.

Trivino had been throwing bullpens before being shut down.

While Trivino has been delayed, Boone added that Scott Effross is going to face hitters “soon.” The manager didn’t have an exact date, but he was excited about potentially getting the righty back down the road following Tommy John and back surgeries.

Effross also missed the entire 2023 season after tallying a 2.13 ERA over 12.2 innings for the Yankees the year before.

Boone noted that Effross, acquired from the Cubs in 2022, can pitch in a variety of high-leverage roles, has the ability to get lefties and righties out, and gives opponents a “unique” look with his sidearm delivery.

Hopefully both of those guys come into the picture here at some point,” Boone said of the Yankees’ rehabbing relievers.

Texts from Mom

With Sunday being Mother’s Day, Boone was asked a few pregame questions about his mom, Sue. He noted that she regularly texts him before and after games, especially when the Yankees win in narrow fashion.

“She usually is good for a really good Bitmoji postgame of a tight win or a tough win or something like that,” Boone said. “But she will send me little messages. Sometimes before, but a lot of times right after.”

And what does she send if the Yankees lose?

“Usually, she’ll send me a verse,” a smiling Boone said. “Perspective, a little perspective.”


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