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Clippard shut down for 3-4 weeks

Non-roster invitee will miss rest of spring with mild right pectoral strain
@MandyBell02
March 15, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After Tyler Clippard was pulled from a spring game last week with right pectoral tightness, the Indians seemed optimistic that he’d be out for just a couple days -- but the right-hander has now been shut down for a few weeks. The Indians announced Friday afternoon that

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After Tyler Clippard was pulled from a spring game last week with right pectoral tightness, the Indians seemed optimistic that he’d be out for just a couple days -- but the right-hander has now been shut down for a few weeks.

The Indians announced Friday afternoon that Clippard is expected to miss the next three to four weeks of baseball activity due to a mild pectoral strain. Clippard was removed from his March 9 appearance against the Rockies and felt continued discomfort during his return to throwing progression this week in Goodyear.

Clippard was signed to a Minor League deal with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training on Feb. 23. Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday morning that the team is actively working through ways to keep the 34-year-old righty and also noted that Clippard’s representative was in Goodyear on Thursday, assisting the reliever through the process.

Over 12 seasons, Clippard has accumulated a 3.16 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 1.13 WHIP and averaged 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings. His durability over his long career was something the Indians’ bullpen needed, but the untimely injury has now left the Tribe with a difficult decision. If the team does not place him on the 25-man roster or the injured list at the outset of the season, Cleveland has the option of paying him a retention bonus of $100,000 or releasing him.

“[We’re] just trying to figure out how we can do this because we really want to keep him,” Francona said.

Mandy Bell covers the Indians for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MandyBell02.