Clevinger gets shot, Padres hope he can pitch in playoffs

Clevinger gets shot, Padres hope he can pitch in playoffs

圣地亚哥 pitcher Mike Clevinger got a cortisone shot for his ailing right elbow Friday and the Padres are hopeful he’ll be OK for the playoffs.

Clevinger, acquired last month in a big trade with Cleveland, left his start against the Angels on Wednesday after just one inning.

The Padres have already clinched a postseason spot and the NL’s No. 4 seed, and will open the playoffs next Wednesday at Petco Park. Before the early exit, Clevinger had been presumed as the Game 1 starter in the wild-card round.

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“We have not ruled out anything for next week and the first round of the playoffs,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said.

An MRI exam and other tests showed Clevinger had a right posterior elbow impingement.

“I think we got really good news,” Preller said.

If Clevinger can’t pitch the playoff opener, that role could go to Dinelson Lamet.

Clevinger (3-2) is expected to rest for 48 hours and then attempt to play catch. He was obtained in a blockbuster trade with Cleveland on Aug. 31.

“Hopefully, the injection does the trick,” Preller said.

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