Clevinger (knee) said in a recent interview with Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus that he feels "completely like myself again" since requiring surgery Feb. 14 to repair a partially torn meniscus, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "There's no subconscious hesitations like I felt the first couple of bullpens," Clevinger said. "It feels natural now. I guess my only concern was I have a pretty violent lock leg, lead leg, and that's the knee I tore. That was my only worry. The strengthening stuff came back real fast. It healed super, super quick." Prior to Major League Baseball going on hiatus in mid-March, Clevinger didn't appear poised to miss significant time to begin the season after he was cleared for mound work shortly before spring training was suspended. Now that he's had an extra month to strengthen his knee, Clevinger appears set to face no restrictions whenever the Indians are cleared to resume workouts. He'll likely be in the mix for the Opening Day nod after turning in a 2.71 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 126 innings in 2019.
Clevinger (knee) is doing well, according to manager Terry Francona, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Francona did not elaborate on where Clevinger stands from a health standpoint, but he was expected to be ready or almost ready for game action if the season had started on time. No detailed news is likely good news in this instance, so fantasy managers should be operating as if Clevinger will be a full-go when play resumes.
Clevinger (knee) threw approximately 25 pitches in Monday's bullpen session and will throw another such session Wednesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. "Everything feels strong," Clevinger said after Monday's session. "Nothing feels sore." He is pain free and itching to return on the quicker end of his six-to-eight week timetable following Feb. 14 surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus. Clevinger said he will need either one or two live batting practice sessions following Wednesday's bullpen session. The next step after that would be to get into a spring game.
Clevinger (knee) will throw his first bullpen session of the spring Monday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Clevinger underwent surgery in February to repair a partial tear of his left meniscus, but he's been increasing his throwing program throughout the spring and will throw his first bullpen Monday. The 29-year-old likely won't be ready for Opening Day, but he could join the Indians' starting rotation sometime in mid-April if his recovery continues to go smoothly.
Clevinger (knee) extended his flat-ground throwing program out to 150 feet Tuesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. The 29-year-old moved over to the mound to begin simulating his delivery after playing catch and was very pleased to feel no discomfort. "We started rolling today," Clevinger told reporters Tuesday. "It was a really, really, really promising day." The next step for the right-hander will be to pitch off the rubber. Barring any further setbacks, Clevinger could potentially join the Indians' starting rotation around mid-April.
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