Tribe Notes: Clevinger throws 98 mph, plus updates on Kluber and Zimmer

Mike Clevinger could join the Indians in the near future

James Rapien
June 07, 2019 - 5:24 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mike Clevinger made his first rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on Thursday night. The 28-year-old threw 59 pitches in two innings.

“He touched 98 (mph), which was kind of amazing," manager Terry Francona said. "Obviously he threw a lot of pitches in a short amount of time, but he came through it okay. He was going to work out there and come here like soon so we can get our eyes on him. He’ll start again in five days. And we’ll want to visit with him to see, to get his take on it, but he came through it healthy and that’s the good news.”

Clevinger's next start could be in Akron, with Columbus on the road next week. If everything goes well, he's expected to join the big league roster.

Clevinger worked his tail off to get back onto the field. His velocity is where it was before the back strain, which is a great sign. Clevinger hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings this season. 

Re-evaluated – Corey Kluber will undergo a six week evaluation on his forearm next week. The two-time Cy Young Award winner broke the ulna bone in his throwing arm. He was in a cast for three weeks, before being cleared for a removable splint. 

Kluber, 33, has a 5.80 ERA in seven starts this year. He was working through some mechanical issues early in the season prior to his injury. 

He pitched 1,091 regular season innings from 2014-2018 and has thrown at least 203.2 innings per season over that span.

Another Setback – Bradley Zimmer is still in Arizona after tweaking the shoulder he had surgery on last summer. He will stay there until Monday and could be there longer. Zimmer, 26, is one of the many young outfielders the Indians were hoping to evaluate this season. 

CC's Last Game – CC Sabathia will make his final start at Progressive Field on Saturday. The 38-year-old visited his old house in Westlake and was happy to be back in Cleveland. 

"Seeing our old house was cool. The court that my dad put up is still there," Sabathia said. "Little things like that were cool to see. That court still being there means a lot because he worked on that so hard and it was a big deal that he was able to do that. The fact that it's still there, that was pretty cool to see that."

He'll go up against Adam Plutko, who will make his third start of the season.