Yankees pitcher Severino back after going on COVID-19 list

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NEW YORK – Pitcher Luis Severino was cleared to rejoin the New York Yankees on Thursday night, hours after being scratched from his start and put on the COVID-19 injured list.

After a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Severino would travel with the club to Toronto for a weekend series against the Blue Jays.

Severino had been set to start Thursday night at Yankee Stadium against the Rays.

“He’s just on the list now,” Boone said when the initial roster move was announced. “Last night he got sick, had a fever and chills and all that. Doing a lot better today but we’ll know (later). I think his original rapid stuff was negative but we’ll have a better idea probably sometime tonight.”

Right-hander Clarke Schmidt started in place of Severino.

Severino is 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA and the 28-year-old right-hander was to have made his 100th career start in the series finale.

Schmidt, a 26-year-old right-hander, entered 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 relief appearances, striking out 15 and walking 10 in 19 1/3 innings.

New York selected the contract of right-hander Ryan Weber from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Weber is 4-12 with a 5.28 ERA in seven major league seasons with Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Milwaukee, and is 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA this year in four starts and four relief appearances in Triple-A.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.