The Padres got one of their guys back in time to face the Dodgers. Today, the San Diego club announced that ace Mike Clevinger had made the 28-man roster for the National League Division Series. Moreover, they named him as their game 1 starter.
Mike Clevinger is on the Padres' NLDS roster and will start Game 1 tonight. His workload will be monitored, but his return should be a big boost for San Diego. Also on the roster: left-handed prospect Ryan Weathers, who has impressed throughout the summer, and SDSU's Greg Allen.
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Clevinger had missed time at the end of the regular season with an elbow strain. He also missed the Wild Card series for the Padres. San Diego acquired Clevinger at the trade deadline this year to solidify the front of their rotation alongside right-hander Dinelson Lamet. However, both he and Lamet have dealt with injury issues recently.
Lamet did not make the NLDS roster.
Now, Clevinger matches up against Dodgers’ starter Walker Buehler for game 1 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Buehler tossed 4 innings and allowed 2 runs in his Wild Card start against the Milwaukee Brewers. Moreover, Buehler has been dealing with a blister issue on his right index finger that has limited him for most of the last month.
So, both Los Angeles and San Diego throw out game 1 starters that might not be expected to go very deep into the ballgame. However, both clubs feature formidable arms ready to take the bulk of the work in the series opener.