TRENTON - Luis Severino is one step away from rejoining the Yankees.

Severino will make his third and final rehab start tonight in Double-A Trenton in Game 2 of the Eastern League Championship Series.

The plan is for Severino to throw "60-plus" pitches against Bowie and then return to the majors if all goes well.

Severino, 25, has been out all season while dealing with shoulder and lat issues. He could be on track to pitch at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 17 against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I just want to help my team, if they need me in the bullpen (or) if they need me to start," Severino said recently.

It's been more than 11 months since Severino had that chance. His last Yankee start was back in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, a 16-1 loss to the eventual champion Boston Red Sox.

Severino threw one inning in his first rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and then went three-plus on Friday with Trenton. He threw 50 pitches in his game with the Thunder and hit 97 mph at times.

"I feel good," Severino said on Friday. "If they need me, I could definitely go. That's for them to decide. For me, I feel ready. I feel good today."

Severino signed a four-year, $40 million contract in the offseason after going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA last year. He would be a huge addition to the Yankees playoff roster, even at 75 percent of his usual level.

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