Clevinger (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The move was an expected one, as Clevinger will miss the entire season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in November. He'll vacate a 40-man roster spot, allowing the Padres to officially add new signee Mark Melancon.
Clevinger will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday. The Padres also announced Monday that they'd signed Clevinger to a two-year contract, buying out his remaining arbitration years and presumably offering him some peace of mind while he recovers from the procedure. Clevinger dealt with elbow issues late in the regular season but attempted a comeback during the NLDS. He wasn't able to complete the second inning of his start and showcased significantly reduced velocity, indicating that he hadn't returned to full health. As it turns out, the situation with his elbow was actually quite bad, as he'll now miss the entirety of the 2021 campaign. The timing of the procedure should give him a decent chance to be ready by the start of the 2022 season, however.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Wednesday that he doesn't expect Clevinger (elbow) to require offseason surgery, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Clevinger endured a couple setbacks with his right elbow/biceps after the injury first surfaced Sept. 19, with the 29-year-old most notably exiting his Game 1 start against the Dodgers in the NLDS last week after working just one inning. Fortunately for Clevinger, he appears to have avoided any significant structural damage to his elbow, as subsequent tests haven't revealed anything overly concerning. As a result, Clevinger should be able to recover from the injury with rest and rehab, putting him on track to enter spring training at full health. Given that Clevinger's velocity was well down from its normal level in his last few appearances of 2020 while he battled the elbow injury, fantasy managers may want to keep an eye on reports of how the right-hander looks in the spring before investing with confidence.
Clevinger (elbow) was removed from the Padres' roster ahead of Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Wednesday. The 29-year-old lasted only one-plus inning in Game 1 on Tuesday before being pulled with reduced velocity, so the move hardly comes as a surprise. Clevinger is now ineligible to rejoin the Friars' playoff roster until the World Series, if they can advance. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the right-hander will need to lay low for a week to allow the inflammation to subside before he undergoes further medical imaging. Dan Altavilla was added to the 28-man roster in a corresponding move.
Clevinger (elbow) was told he won't do further damage to his arm by continuing to pitch, and the Padres are determining whether he can still be effective while pitching through the injury, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The elbow impingement that cropped up toward the end of the regular season resurfaced as the right-hander started Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Tuesday, and he was removed during the second inning after his velocity dropped. Even if the Friars opt to keep Clevinger on the roster, he's unlikely to fill his usual role and may not be nearly as effective due to the discomfort. If the 29-year-old is removed from the NLDS roster he won't be eligible to pitch the following series should the Padres advance to the next round.