Padres Manager shares latest Mike Clevinger injury update


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The San Diego Padres have, on paper, an impressive rotation: Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, Sean Manaea and Mike Clevinger should be the top five pitchers if everyone is healthy.

All five launchers were acquired via trade over the past two years, as a fun fact.

Clevinger, however, is currently on the shelf recovering from a knee injury.

“Bob Melvin said Mike Clevinger wouldn’t throw a mound until his knee felt better,Padres reporter Matt Skraby tweeted Monday.

Luckily for the Padres, there’s no source indicating that Clevinger’s knee issue is significant, and the discomfort should subside within a few days.

Clevinger will likely start the season on the injured list

He’ll likely open the regular season on the 10-day injured list because he has a few days to heal his knee and then begin a build-up process in a low-stress environment: the minor leaguers.

The most likely scenario is that we see Clevinger return to the Padres’ rotation in late April.

The 31-year-old right-hander had to be scratched from the start of the weekend with knee pain.

Clevinger came via trade from the Cleveland Guardians in 2020 but was only able to make four appearances before injuring his elbow, undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the entire 2021 campaign.

His arm is ready to go, and the Padres will need him to be at his best if they are to challenge the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in the NL West without star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. .for the first two or three months.

Clevinger is capable of functioning as a strong, top-end starter if healthy.

The Padres are certainly hoping his knee and elbow both cooperate.




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