Mike Clevinger was clear to start tonight against Los Angeles Dodgers. After one inning, the Padres’ ace left the game with an injury during Game 1 of the NLDS.
Just after two pitches during the second inning, Mike Clevinger felt discomfort, which ended up on the pitcher exiting the game held by the coaching staff.
It is possible that the Padres cleared Clevinger looking to win Game 1 of the NLDS against Los Angeles Dodgers. In the end, the loss was for San Diego, who might use Clevinger later in the Playoffs.
Padres starter Mike Clevinger leaves today’s game early. He walked off the mound with a trainer after his velocity dropped in the 2nd inning. pic.twitter.com/x7Ix3q1N1E
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 7, 2020
Padres’ coach Jayce Tingler addressed the media about his decision on play Clevinger, saying that the pitcher “felt good, looked good the first inning. … I think what happened was that long half-inning there. It tightened up and never warmed back up on him.”