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Chicago White Sox starter Mike Clevinger goes on IL


Mike Clevinger summed up his 2024 season to date as “electric stuff for three innings.”

“I have A-grade stuff for three innings,” he said Tuesday, “and then I turn into — it’s like I’m two different guys on the mound right now.”

Clevinger will have to wait for more consistent results after the Chicago White Sox placed him on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

“It’s just a little fluid buildup in the bottom of the elbow,” Clevinger said. “So (I) had a cortisone shot and will be shut down for probably 48 hours. I should be throwing in two days.

“It’s been kind of each start building on it. Between this last one, it just didn’t recover well enough that I felt like I should give it a go.”

The Sox signed Clevinger to a one-year deal on April 4. He’s 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts in four starts.

“He had some inflammation and we’ll evaluate it,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “He felt good already after the shot. I’m not expecting it to be something that will shut him down for a long period of time, but we’ll see. You just never know with these things.”

Clevinger went two-plus innings in his first start on May 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. He went 4 2/3 innings in each of his last three starts.

“There were a lot of times where he was just running out of gas,” Grifol said. “Maybe you could correlate it to this, but a lot of it is he didn’t have a spring training. He was quick to get here because we needed him and it was just building up his work capacity.

“And dealing with this a little bit, I think it was just the perfect cocktail, probably a little bit of both.”

Clevinger called the setback “very frustrating.”

“But knowing I’ll be throwing again in two days and hopefully it’s maybe only two turns in the rotation, just trying to stay optimistic,” he said. “I chalked a lot up to the buildup and then maybe just fatiguing, and I started seeing the last outing (Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles) was kind of a red flag.

“The legs felt ready to go, the shoulder felt fine and all the recovery was fine. Around the same amount of pitches, the sensory muscles in my forearm were kind of giving out a little bit. The fluid buildup, the little time off should cure it.”

White Sox pitcher Jake Woodford. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
White Sox pitcher Jake Woodford. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Clevinger was slated to start Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field. Instead the Sox called up Jake Woodford from Triple-A Charlotte, and he was scheduled to start.

Woodford is 1-3 with a 5.26 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 10 starts with the Knights.

“He’s a ground-ball guy — I think he’s up to 28%, 30% (grounders), maybe a little more than that,” Grifol said. “Tough against righties, throws strikes, cutter, slider, sinker. Been there before, done it, doesn’t let the moment get to him.”

Woodford spent four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2020-23), going 10-7 with a 4.29 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 80 appearances (18 starts). He signed with the Sox as a minor-league free agent on Jan. 10.

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