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Dodgers NLDS: Padres Ace Mike Clevinger Says He’s Not Done with Series Yet



Usually, when you see a pitcher walk off the mound with the manager and the training staff you don’t expect to see him again anytime soon. Let alone within the next four games. Still, after leaving his game 1 start against the Dodgers on Tuesday, injured Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger isn’t ready to call it a season yet.

After LA’s 5-1 win over San Diego, Clevinger talked about what happened on the mound that lead to his exit.

The Padre ace threw 22 pitches in the first inning before sitting for about 15 minutes. After Dodgers starter Walker Buehler escaped a threat in the top of the 2nd, Clevinger returned to the mound and immediately did not look right. It turns out that early in the first inning he hit his elbow with his knee on a pitch to Corey Seager and things went downhill from there.

All told, his return to action — he’d been out since September 23 with an elbow strain — lasted only 24 pitches. Still, apparently, bones hitting the back of his elbow isn’t enough to stop him. However, manager Jayce Tingler is singing a little bit of a different tune.

Surprisingly, that tune isn’t “we’re shutting him down.” Much to his credit, Sunshine did all he could in-game to stay loose, including working with the training staff on some treatment.

Still, it proved to be a no-go. We’ll keep an eye on his status as the series progresses.

Up Next

After burning through the bullpen on Tuesday night, San Diego still hasn’t named a game 2 starter. Meanwhile, the Dodgers named theirs a few days ago. Once again, Clayton Kershaw will follow Walker Buehler for LA. First pitch is set for 6:08 PM PT on Fox Sports 1.

NEXT: Edwin Rios Left Off of NLDS Roster Due to Injury

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Clevinger looked pretty done to me last night after an inning and two pitches, but maybe the Padres intend to use him in a limited capacity before the series concludes tomorrow, I hope.

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