It appears that Mike Clevinger’s season is over. Before Game Two on Wednesday, the Padres replaced Clevinger with Dan Altavilla making him ineligible for both the remainder of the NLDS and the NLCS should the Dads advance. Though he would be eligible for the World Series roster, the outlook is grim for Clevinger’s arm.
Clevinger, who missed the entirety of the Wild Card series with an elbow strain, made it through 1+ innings in Game One before it was obvious he needed to come out. San Diego’s biggest prize from the deadline threw two pitches well below velocity prompting a visit from the trainer and his subsequent departure.
After the game, Clevinger said that it felt like “bones hitting in the back of [his] elbow.” Clevinger was told he wouldn’t do further damage by continuing to pitch, but it’s hard to see him pitching effectively through that.
This is yet another major blow to the Padres who are also without Dinelson Lamet. Lamet was kept off the NLDS roster due to bicep tightness. Lamet will be eligible for the NLCS if the Padres make it past the Dodgers.
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