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Indians’ Mike Clevinger on injured list with ankle sprain

The Cleveland Indians have placed pitcher Mike Clevinger on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained left ankle. He twisted the ankle while coming off the mound to cover first base in the second inning against Texas. He was making his first start since April 7 when he strained a back muscle. The Indians have been dealing with injuries to their rotation most of the season.

Indians’ Mike Clevinger making fast recovery from back strain

Mike Clevinger’s comeback is speeding along like one of his fastballs. Cleveland’s starting pitcher has made startling progress from an upper back strain that threatened his season and was expected to sideline him for several months. But the right-hander, who wasn’t expected to be able to pick up a ball for at least two months, will throw his second bullpen session on Friday. He got back on the mound last week in Chicago, throwing 20 pitches.

Indians to count on strong starting pitching again in 2019

With the March 28 opener quickly approaching, Indians manager Terry Francona still hasn’t announced who will start Cleveland’s first game or how he’ll line up his rotation for early in the season. The Indians toyed with trading ace Corey Kluber and All-Star Trevor Bauer this winter. But they held onto the two right-handers who form the backbone of one of baseball’s best starting staffs.