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Dodgers NLDS: Padres Lose Ace Mike Clevinger After One Inning



After days of back of forth, the San Diego Padres felt comfortable enough with the progress of injured ace Mike Clevinger to activate him for the NLDS against the Dodgers. Despite all the pomp and circumstance of the addition, the right-hander was lost after only one inning in game 1.

After tossing a 22-pitch first inning, Clevinger sat for a while between innings as Dodgers starter Walker Buehler faced struggles of his own. After 2 pitches in the second frame — one of them registering 5 miles-per-hour slower than in the first inning — the training staff and manager Jayce Tingler came out to check on Clevinger and that was all she wrote.

Tingler revealed during the FS1 broadcast that the long layoff between innings was the culprit.

I think what happened was that long half-inning there and it tightened up and never warmed back up on him.

In all likelihood, the Padres have lost their ace for the rest of the series and potentially the rest of October, if they should happen to advance onto the NLCS.

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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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