Yanks say Luis Severino’s pregame warm-up didn’t factor into rout

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino contended that he was not rushed as he went through what he considered a normal pregame warm-up routine ahead of his Game 3 American League Division Series start Monday night.

The 24-year-old right-hander and his pitching coach also said he knew exactly what time the game started and that he was adequately prepared for it, refuting claims made by one of the game’s broadcasters.

“For a game like this, you have to remember what time it is,” Severino said just after the Yankees’ 16-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Severino allowed the first six runs the Red Sox scored on a disastrous night for the Yankees’ arms.8

During the game, TBS broadcaster and former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling floated a question about Severino’s comparatively short warm-up time, suggesting the pitcher might have arrived to the bullpen late, minutes ahead of the game’s scheduled 7:40 p.m. first pitch.

As Darling spoke, cameras with a 7:32 p.m. ET timestamp showed Severino stepping onto the mound in Yankee Stadium’s home bullpen. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild could be seen saying to Severino: “7:40, let’s go.”

Severino’s first pitch was delivered at 7:42.

“It’s very late for a starter to go out on the [bullpen] mound,” Darling said during the broadcast.

Severino, who learned of Darling’s comments when reporters entered the Yankees’ clubhouse after the game, issued a terse rebuttal.

“I mean, if my pitching coach said that [it was late] to you, you can believe it. But [Darling] is not always in my bullpen, so how does he know what’s going on?” Severino said. “I came out 20 minutes before the game like I usually do. I don’t know why he was saying that.