Severino says lat pain began in spring training

7:55 PM ET

NEW YORK — Exactly when did New York Yankees ace Luis Severino suffer the Grade 2 lat strain that has him completely barred from throwing a baseball another five weeks?

For now, the answer to that question remains quite murky. But Severino made a revealing comment Wednesday afternoon that will certainly raise eyebrows around Yankee Stadium.

Severino told reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox that he first felt the pain associated with his lat strain on the day he was scratched from what was to be his first spring training start.

“I think it was … it happened that day,” Severino said. “I don’t know what happened there. I’m not really sure. But I think that was the day it happened.”

Instead of being diagnosed with a lat strain that afternoon, March 5, Severino was officially sidelined with rotator cuff inflammation. The Yankees say that was all an MRI showed.

Because of that original diagnosis, the right-hander was required to be shut down for two weeks, before beginning a rehab program that general manager Brian Cashman once thought would get Severino back on a big league mound by May 1.

It was during

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