Sat. Aug 24th, 2019

Mike Clevinger to Miss Extended Time as Injury Bug Strikes Indians Again

The Indians are off to their best start under Terry Francona going 6-3 in their first nine games, thanks primarily to their starting pitching. However, that’ll now take a hit as Mike Clevinger heads to the DL with a back injury he suffered during his start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

The Indians already had their fair share of injury problems, beginning the season without both Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis, both of whom sustained injuries during spring training. Clevinger adds to the growing list of injured players and lessens one of the best starting rotations on baseball.

Clevinger was off to a dominating start posting a 1-0 record with an ERA of 0.00 and 22 strikeouts. He had been virtually unhittable as he was looking to take the next big step in a very promising career.

The Indians will now need someone to step up and fill the major hole left by Clevinger. It would appear that the logical choice is Adam Plutko, however, he is also currently sidelined with a forearm injury, so the Indians are currently working through their options.

The Indians will look to keep their strong start going as the begin a three-game series in Detroit today.

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