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Mike Clevinger to start for Indians on Wednesday

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Mike Clevinger will make his first start with the Indians since being optioned as a defacto punishment for violating league safety protocols earlier this month. According to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell, Clevinger will start Wednesday against the Twins.

Clevinger’s last outing was a 5.2-inning scoreless outing against the Cincinnati Reds in which he struck out four but walked five. Prior to being optioned, he pitched a total of 16.2 innings with a 3.24 ERA, 6.25 FIP and almost as many walks (10) as strikeouts (15). He will be taking the spot of a struggling Adam Plutko who allowed seven runs in just 3.1 innings in his last start against the Tigers.

The biggest hurdle for getting Clevinger back into the rotation is nothing physical. He had a knee surgery last year that may have caused lingering issues to start the season, but he’s still more than a capable starter. The real test will be acclimating back into the clubhouse after being untruthful about leaving the team hotel in Chicago and potentially exposing the entire team, including leukemia survivor Carlos Carrasco, to COVID-19.

On that, club president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti seems confident that the team is ready to accept Clevinger:

As for Zach Plesac, the other player optioned after a night out on the town?

Ope.