Padres Pitcher Set To Make First Start Since 2020

For the first time since the 2020 season, San Diego Padres pitcher Mike Clevinger will be back on the mound. The 31-year-old will be going up against his former team, the Cleveland Guardians, during Tuesday's contest.

Clevinger had Tommy John surgery back in late 2020 but is now finally ready to return to action. There was reason to believe that he could have started the year on time, but he, unfortunately, had knee trouble during Spring Training that pushed his return back. Yet, he is now 100% healthy, and that is exciting for San Diego. 

Before surgery, Clevinger was having himself a very good career. In 105 career games between Cleveland and San Diego, he has a 44-23 record, 3.19 ERA, and 603 strikeouts. If he can maintain his previous form after Tommy John surgery, he will be an excellent addition to the Padres' rotation. At this point of the campaign, they are third in the NL West with a 14-8 record, so they definitely would benefit from another boost. 

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