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Luis Severino's rebuttal to Pedro Martinez: I was healthy in second half of season

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino speaks to the media

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino speaks to the media at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

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A completely healthy Luis Severino was set to take the mound for the Yankees in Monday night’s crucial Game 3 of the ALDS against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

On Sunday, Severino reacted with befuddlement about comments about his second-half health made by former Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez, who has become a friend and mentor to Severino.

“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 on TBS last Wednesday before the Yankees’ AL Wild Card game win over the A’s. “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 had a major dropoff in the second half of the season, said on Sunday: “I don’t know where he got that, but I didn’t say nothing about I was hurt. 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.”

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