Why is Mike Clevinger not playing? Injury update of White Sox’s pitcher



All you need to know about what happened to Mike Clevinger and why is he not playing for the Chicago White Sox.

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As a result of inflammation in his biceps, the Chicago White Sox have decided to place starting pitcher Mike Clevinger on the 15-day injured list, with the start date being set to June 15. Jesse Scholtens was brought up from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place on the roster of the major league baseball team.

As soon as Clevinger felt pain in his biceps on Wednesday, he elected to withdraw from the start. The right-hander admitted that the injury “kind of scared” him initially, but he told reporters last night that an MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage in either his elbow or shoulder (Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times was the source of this information). Even though the inflammation is still severe enough to keep him out of action for at least a few weeks, the fact that everything else is structurally sound provides hope that he won’t be out for an extended period of time.

During the offseason prior to the current season, the Red Sox gave Clevinger a one-year contract worth $12 million. They were hoping that he would more closely resemble the upper mid-rotation form that he had shown in Cleveland, but Clevinger has turned in results that are comparable to what he had with San Diego last year in terms of pitching in the back of the rotation. His 3.88 ERA over 12 starts belies his subpar strikeout rate of 19.3% and his slightly elevated walk percentage of 9.5%. His swinging strike rate of 9.2% this season is the lowest it has ever been in his career.

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Even though that is not the most exciting production, there is still value in having stable innings at the back of the rotation. This is especially relevant for a Chicago team like that, which has depth concerns in its rotation. The Red Sox were fortunate enough to avoid injuring any of their top five starters up until this point, but sixth starter Davis Martin will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for Tommy John.

When was Mike Clevinger drafted in MLB?

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Mike Clevinger was drafted into Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2011. He was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth round of the MLB Draft. This marked the beginning of his journey to the big leagues. Before his professional career, Clevinger attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He showcased his talents as a baseball player and developed a strong reputation as a promising young pitcher. Clevinger’s performances in high school caught the attention of scouts and laid the foundation for his future success.

Following his high school graduation, Clevinger committed to play college baseball at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida. During his time at Seminole, he continued to refine his skills and make significant strides in his development as a pitcher. Clevinger’s performances earned him recognition as a top junior college prospect, generating further interest from MLB teams.

After two seasons at Seminole, Clevinger transferred to Florida State University to continue his collegiate career. With the Florida State Seminoles, he continued to impress, demonstrating his pitching prowess and contributing to the team’s success. Clevinger’s strong performances at the collegiate level solidified his status as a prospect to watch.

In 2011, the Los Angeles Angels drafted Clevinger in the fourth round of the MLB Draft, signifying their belief in his abilities as a pitcher. He began his professional career in the Angels’ minor league system, working his way up through the ranks. Clevinger’s journey to the major leagues was not without its challenges. He faced setbacks and injury issues along the way, including undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012, which required a lengthy recovery process. However, he persevered through these obstacles, displaying resilience and determination.

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