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Yankees’ Luis Severino placed on COVID-IL; Clarke Schmidt to start vs. Rays as New York eyes sweep

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The New York Yankees have placed right-hander Luis Severino on the COVID-19-related injured list, ensuring he will not feature in a scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night, the club announced hours before first field . Clark Schmidt will take the ball in place of Severino and Ryan Weber will replace him in the active squad.

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Severino, 28, has performed well in 11 games this season. He posted a 2.80 ERA (135 ERA+) and a 4.73 strike-to-walk ratio in 61 innings. Severino received the Cy Young Award for his work in the 2017–18 seasons early in his career, but subsequently missed most of the 2019–21 seasons due to injury. Thus, this year served as a welcome return to his old form.

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Schmidt, for his part, has also played 11 games this season, albeit not in the bullpen. He had a 3.26 ERA (118 ERA+) and a 1.50 strike-to-walk ratio in 19 innings. He hasn’t thrown more than 40 shots in a game this season since showing up in rehab in early May, which means he’ll be limited in how many innings he can pitch to the Yankees on Thursday night.

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This helps explain why New York promoted Weber to join the major league roster, as he could help get him out of the bullpen. This season, Weber has played eight games (four starts) with the Triple-A Yankees affiliate, posting a 2.95 ERA and a 15.00 strike-to-walk ratio in 21 innings. He’s a typical journeyman who has appeared in major tournaments with five different clubs, most recently last season with the Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees will enter Thursday’s game looking to complete a three-game sweep of the Rays. New York will enter the game with an 11-game lead over Tampa Bay in the American East League.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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