GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Left-hander Matt Boyko made a triumphant return to the pitching mound on Saturday.
In his first game action since pitching for Clarke High School in the playoffs against North Shore in the spring of 2017, Boyko tossed a no-hit inning in the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League.
Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad had performed Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Boyko's pitching elbow on June 14, 2017.
One year and nine days later, pitching for the Lightning in the LICBL on Saturday, Boyko coaxed three groundouts in a no-hit inning against the Diamond Spikes at Adelphi University and was credited with the win. He did issue a two-out walk and balk in the scoreless frame.
"It felt really exciting to get back out there," Boyko said. "There really weren't any nerves when I stepped back on the mound. I think I did all right. There were some things I need to work on. But, overall, I'm just really happy to be back."
Boyko plans to work out of the bullpen for one- and two-inning spurts this summer. He expects to be ready to contribute as a starting pitcher at NYIT by the fall.
He watched his freshman season at NYIT from the bench — and broadcast booth, as a color commentator — this past spring and should be a redshirt freshman eligibility-wise next season.
"It was kind of stressful, to be honest," he said about being idle last season. "You feel like you can go out on the field and help make a difference, but you can't. You're stuck."