The San Diego Padres announced that pitcher Mike Clevinger will need to undergo Tommy John Surgery.
This means that Clevinger is going to miss the entire 2021 MLB season. With the injury in mind, the Padres reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with Clevinger worth $11.5 million.
Finding starting pitchers is going to be a major priority for the Padres this offseason. Their current starting rotation includes Dinelson Lamet, Zach Davies, and Chris Paddack.
If they aren’t able to find a pitcher they like on the market this offseason, they also have a solid stable of young prospects that they can turn to, including MacKenzie Gore and Ryan Weathers.
The Padres acquired Clevinger in a trade with the Cleveland Indians at this year’s trade deadline. Clevinger was diagnosed with a right posterior elbow impingement on September 23.
The last game he played was on October 6, in the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was taken out of the game in the second inning.
Over the last three seasons, Clevinger has posted a 2.91 ERA with a strike out per walk ratio of more than 3.5 to 1.