No. 1 prospect Severino diagnosed with strep throat

No. 1 prospect Severino diagnosed with strep throat

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander Luis Severino was diagnosed with strep throat after being sent to an area hospital for tests on Monday morning, the team said.

Severino, 21, told ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera that he was experiencing flu-like symptoms and confirmed that the hospital visit had nothing to do with his arm. Severino said that he was on his way back to George M. Steinbrenner Field for the Yankees' game against the Rays.

"I wasn't feeling well last night and my throat got worse this morning, so I had to go to the hospital for a check-up," Severino said. "I feel like it's a really severe cold."

The Yankees' No. 1 prospect according to, Severino made his second appearance of the spring on Sunday against the Nationals, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings of work.

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