/Luis Severino scratched from Yankees start, placed on COVID IL

Luis Severino scratched from Yankees start, placed on COVID IL

Luis Severino, who had been scheduled to start Thursday night against the Rays, was scratched by the Yankees and placed on the COVID-19 injury list — then reinstated to the active roster following the 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

The right-hander accompanied the Yankees to Toronto for their three-game series after additional testing came back negative.

Before the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Rays, Aaron Boone had said Severino’s rapid test also had returned a negative result, but that he was symptomatic with a “fever, chills and all that.”

Afterward, Boone said: “He’s negative. I haven’t seen him yet, but he’s back there here and he’ll go with us to Toronto.”

It remains uncertain when Severino will pitch again, but with Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole lined up to start against the Blue Jays beginning Friday, it likely will be in the subsequent series against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., which is slated to begin Monday night.

Clarke Schmidt made the start in place of Severino and worked three scoreless innings. Triple-A call-up Ryan Weber added 3 ²/₃ innings of one-run ball for the Yankees. Weber was sent down after the game.

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino was scratched from Thursday's start and placed on the COVID IL.
Yankees pitcher Luis Severino was scratched from Thursday’s start and placed on the COVID IL.
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Boone said Severino felt ill after Wednesday’s game, but the manager didn’t inform Schmidt of his start until Thursday afternoon when it was determined that the scheduled starter was ticketed for the COVID-19 list.

The Yankees have won 26 of their last 30 games at the Stadium, and their .806 home winning percentage (29-7 overall) is the best in the majors. Their 14 straight home wins mark their longest streak since they won 15 straight in The Bronx in 1961.

“I think if you’re gonna put yourself in position to win a division title you probably have to play well at home and certainly we’ve done that here to start the season,” Boone said. “We want to play well wherever we are … but I think we’ve certainly had a home-field advantage.

“I think the ballpark plays to our favor and some of our strengths. I know our guys love playing here. I think coupled with it being the Yankees and Yankee Stadium, there’s always that energy and that feeling of walking into this place.”

Islanders TV play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke will fill in for John Sterling in the Yankees’ radio booth for five games at Cleveland and Pittsburgh from July 1-6, WFAN announced Thursday. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti will also work the June 30 game at Houston.

The Post first reported on June 6 that the 83-year-old Sterling will cut back on his travel schedule for the remainder of this season, with a plan to miss about 25-30 road games.

Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendinitis) said he will throw another bullpen session on Saturday.

Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake had a FaceTime chat with right-hander Domingo German (right shoulder impingement) following his latest throwing session in Tampa. The next step will be a minor league rehab assignment, Boone said.