Pedro Martinez said Sunday night that Yankees ace Luis Severino wasn't "totally healthy" in the middle of the season and pitched through it, negatively impacting his season as he struggled badly. Severino says the claim from Martinez isn't true.
"I didn't know until I finally spoke to Severino that Severino wasn't totally healthy, and they could not afford to stop him from pitching," Martinez said Sunday on the MLB Network." So that ended up affecting the Cy Young-type of season that he was having and affecting his performance when they needed him the most."
Severino, who has been mentored in a way by Martinez -- who he has worked with during offseasons -- said he didn't know where Martinez got his information, and that he cares about his arm and being healthy.
"I don't know where he got that, but I didn't say [anything] about [being] hurt," Severino said, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "If you hear that from Yankees staff or something like that, maybe you can believe it, but I don't know where you get that from. Like I always say, I care about my arm and being healthy. So I'm not going to go out there and compete if I'm not healthy."
Severino had a 1.98 ERA after his start on July 1 before having the worst stretch of his career. From July 7 to Sept. 5, he had an obscene 6.83 ERA in 55.1 innings (11 starts) while allowing 76 hits (including 13 homers).
Things settled down for Severino during his final three starts of the regular season, when he allowed just four runs in 17.2 innings. He then tossed four scoreless innings in the Wild Card Game against the Athletics.
Severino will take the ball for the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.