Clevinger's return to Padres rotation short-lived

11:02 PM ET

Jeff PassanESPN


ESPN MLB insider
Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports”

ARLINGTON, Texas — San Diego Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger was removed in the second inning of his National League Division Series Game 1 start against the Los Angeles Dodgers after a precipitous drop in velocity appeared to indicate an injury to his pitching arm Tuesday night.

Clevinger, who had thrown only one inning since Sept. 13 and missed the Padres’ wild-card series against the St. Louis Cardinals because of an elbow injury, was added to the Padres’ roster Tuesday and given the Game 1 start after throwing bullpen sessions without incident.

After Clevinger struggled with control but made it through the first inning without yielding a run, his first pitch in the second inning was a 91 mph fastball — 5 mph off from his top-end velocity early in the game. Following Clevinger’s second pitch of the inning — a 77 mph slider that was 5 mph off his standard velocity for the offering — manager Jayce Tingler and the Padres training staff came to the mound, and Clevinger soon walked to

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