Of all the Yankees currently sitting out on the Injured List, Luis Severino may be the most mind-boggling of them all.
Severino's injury started with shoulder inflammation, an injury that usually needs rest to heal. But, after feeling more pain during his throwing program, Severino returned to New York to be reevaluated. Well, that evaluation included an MRI that revealed a lat strain, which has shut down the righty with July being his potential comeback.
But how can shoulder inflammation turn into a lat strain? Severino, who was at Yankee Stadium during the Yankees' win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night, believes that the strain actually occurred when he initially suffered an injury back on March 5.
"I am not sure, but in the time (I said it) was my back the same thing," Severino told The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "They did the same MRI and it showed. I don't know what happened there."
Severino explained how he told the Yankees' staff about the pain behind his shoulder, but he had the same MRIs done despite his complaint.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman also spoke on Wednesday, and noted that the team is looking into what the medical staff's process was when evaluating Severino to see if there were any missteps.
"I am not going to issue a Mueller report on it, but we're assessing it and are open-minded and will try and be transparent about it," Cashman said.
Severino was throwing a bullpen during his throwing program to hopefully return to the rotation by Opening Day, but he felt a pull and stop immediately. The Yankees shut him down, and were stunned to hear that he had suffered a setback.
When he would play catch, Severino said that he didn't feel anything like the pull. However, he had a feeling something wasn't quite right.
"I mean I was playing catch, I never feel it," he explained. "It just wasn't progressing. Real slow, I know something was going on. Inflammation, that thing goes quickly. So I know it was something else and they flew me here and did another test, now we know what's wrong."
Unfortunately the Yankees couldn't figure this out the first time through, especially considering Severino signed a $40 million extension this offseason. Of course, Severino isn't the only player on the IL that signed an extension with the Bombers, as Aaron Hicks signed a big seven-year, $70 million deal as well.
Now these two are trying to work their way back to the team, with Severino not touching a ball until instructed otherwise. In turn, the Yankees haven't given him a solid timetable for his return.
At the end of the day, though, Severino doesn't have anything against the Yankees' medical staff. He's just happy they know what the problem is.
"I am happy that we found out what was wrong and we are fixing it," he said.