Mike Clevinger moved to bullpen for rest of regular season and postseason


The Cleveland Indians have announced a portion of their pitching staff for the postseason.  Tribe manager Terry Francona stated on Saturday that Mike Clevinger will move to the bullpen for the rest of the regular season and the postseason.  The top three starters for the postseason will be Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.  If Francona decides to go with a 4-man rotation the last spot will go to either Josh Tomlin, Danny Salazar or lefty Ryan Merritt with Tomlin being the favorite.  The Indians will use Clevinger as a weapon out of the bullpen.  He also pitched out of the bullpen last postseason.  Clevinger has pitched very well as a member of the starting rotation.  In 21 starts he is 11-4 with a 2.84 ERA striking out 126 batters in 114 innings.  He was the logical choice based on his bullpen experience and comfortability in coming out of the bullpen.  It’s still not clear what role if any Danny Salazar will have for the postseason. He will need a very strong performance in his next start to put himself in serious consideration for the 4th spot in the postseason rotation.

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