Clippard surrendered three runs on two hits while recording four outs as the Indians' starter in Wednesday's 9-7 win over the Twins. Following Carlos Carrasco's (illness) surprise placement on the 10-day injured list, Clippard was tabbed on short notice to make his 10th career big-league start and just his second since 2008. Clippard retired the side in the first inning but unraveled in the second, allowing three of the four batters he faced to reach base before exiting. Reliever Tyler Olson didn't do Clippard any favors, allowing both of the runners he inherited to score. Clippard's ERA jumped from 2.70 to 4.30 as a result of the poor showing.
Clippard will start Wednesday against the Twins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Carlos Carrasco was placed on the injured list ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday with a blood condition, leaving Clippard to serve as the opener against the Twins in what will be a bullpen game. In 13 appearances this season (all in relief), Clippard owns a 2.70 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 14:3 K:BB across 13.1 innings.
Clippard (pectoral) had his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Clippard missed the first few weeks of the season while recovering from a strained pectoral, but he's been cleared to join the big-league bullpen after completing a trio of minor-league rehab appearances with no issues, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four across three innings. The veteran right-hander made 73 appearances for the Blue Jays last season, compiling a 3.67 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 68.2 innings of work.
Clippard (pectoral) will join Triple-A Columbus to continue his rehab work, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Clippard has been throwing off a mound at extended spring training for almost two weeks and is now ready for minor-league games. The 34-year-old will likely need numerous appearances in order to prove his major-league readiness to the Indians.
Clippard (pectoral) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Wednesday's session marked Clippard's first bullpen since being shut down in mid-March with a pectoral strain. The veteran right-hander will need to build back up following his shutdown period, so he's still a ways away from returning.