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Indians Pitcher Mike Clevinger Sends Out Message on Instagram Following Trip to IL

While the Indians have already been hit hard on the offensive side of the ball with calf injuries to Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis, the team got awful news on the pitching side Tuesday.

It was announced Tuesday morning that Tribe starter Mike Clevinger, who got off to a fast start not allowing a run in his first two starts (12 innings), will be shut down six to eight weeks with a strain of his upper back.

The team will likely look to Adam Plutko to fill the void for Clevinger while he is on the injured list, a tough break for a player who look dominant in his first two starts.

Following the announcement on the injury, Clevinger took to Instagram to thank his team for their support while he starts his rehab to try and get back to the team.

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Gave it a day, now back to work after much reflection, no cool fonts no cool quotes this time, just facts: in this short time of knowing about my injury I’ve realized why this hurts so bad and it’s the brotherhood of baseball. From my teammates, to training staff, to coaches, front office members, homies from around the league, the fans, and my agency, the support and good vibes sent has me in pure admiration for this “game” I get to play. These relationships built will last me a lifetime and will only drive me to get back to competing. I’ll miss fighting with my homies and I’ll miss fighting against y’all other ones. This ain’t a memorial and no I’m passed my pity party but had to show my appreciation because it was a much needed pick me up. I’ll be back soon✌️🌞 #SunAlwaysShinesAfterTheRain

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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