Clevenger elected free agency Friday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Clevenger was outrighted to Triple-A on Wednesday, but it comes as no surprise that he declined that decision after the tumultuous end to his tenure in Seattle. The 30-year-old took a step back at the plate during the 2016 season, so it might be tough for him to be anything more than a backup catcher heading into 2017.
Clevenger (hand) was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. He was removed from the suspended list on Oct. 31 and has now been removed from the 40-man roster. Clevenger posted a series of racist tweets in September and the general consensus is that his days of playing major league baseball are over. He is a strong candidate to be non-tendered this offseason.
Clevenger, who is on the 60-day disabled list due to a broken hand, suffered a flexor strain in his right elbow that will end any chance of playing again this season. Clevenger was hoping to return this season, but now has his sights set on playing winter ball and being 100 percent for spring training.
Clevenger has been transferred to the 60-day DL, Greg Jones of MLB.com reports. Clevenger was said to be out "at least a month" for the Mariners. It looks like that timetable has been pushed back a little bit as he recovers from his broken hand. Jesus Sucre will not serve at the backup catcher in Seattle behind Chris Iannetta.
Clevenger underwent successful surgery Friday to repair his fractured right hand, Ryan Divish of the Seattle TImes reports. Clevenger suffered a fractured third metacarpal bone in his hand Wednesday, the result of being struck by a foul tip, and had to have a metal plate and six screws inserted into the hand Friday. Reports from earlier in the week suggested Clevenger would be out "at least a month." Mike Zunino has taken over as the backup catcher in Seattle.