Padres drop Clevinger from active roster, add Altavilla

Field Level Media

October 08, 2020 at 12:20 am.

The San Diego Padres on Wednesday added to their active roster right-handed pitcher Dan Altavilla, who will replace injured righty Mike Clevinger.

Clevinger was reinjured during Tuesday night’s Game 1 of the Padres’ National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Arlington, Texas. Clevinger, 29, left the game in the second inning, throwing just 24 pitches (10 for strikes).

After Clevinger got through a shaky first, his first two pitches (91 mph fastball and 77 mph slider) were noticeably slower than they were in the first, and he was taken out of the game.

According to a release by MLB, Clevinger is ineligible to return to the active roster this series or the NL Championship Series, should the Padres make it that far. But he would be eligible to play in the World Series, should the Padres advance that far and Clevinger be healthy enough to go.

Clevinger hadn’t pitched since leaving a start against the Los Angeles Angels with elbow soreness after one inning on Sept. 23. He also missed the Padres’ first-round series against St. Louis. The details of any injury sustained Tuesday night have not been made public, but MLB said in the statement, “Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s Medical Director, confirmed the injury after communicating with the evaluating physician, as well as reviewing Clevinger’s medical history.”

Clevinger was placed on the NLDS roster by the Padres on Tuesday and was immediately named as the Game 1 starter.

Clevinger was 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts with the Padres this season. He was acquired from the Cleveland Indians before the trade deadline after falling out of favor in the clubhouse due to violations of the team’s COVID-19 protocol.

San Diego standout right-hander Dinelson Lamet (biceps) isn’t on the NLDS roster. Lamet last pitched on Sept. 26.