Mike Clevinger earns Indians rotation spot; Danny Salazar to start season on DL

The Indians boast one of the deepest rotations in MLB, and 27-year-old Mike Clevinger earned his spot Monday after facing a stacked Dodgers lineup in spring training.

“As we stand right now, he’s going to be in the rotation,” manager Terry Francona said of Clevinger, via Cleveland.com.

Last season, Clevinger made 21 starts, owning a 12-6 record with a 3.11 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 121 2/3 innings. Clevinger moved to the bullpen during the postseason, but was always expected to start during the regular season.

The values for Seager and Turner are much more in concert with each other in regard to DRS and UZR, though Cabrera paints a polarizing picture defensively.

Cabrera’s differences could be explained by the fact that DRS calculates the penalties and credits for batted balls that multiple fielders can make a play on differently from UZR.

Those relievers include a legion of young talent, such as Anthony Banda, Yonny Chirinos, Jose De Leon, Chih-Wei Hu, Andrew Kittredge, Austin Pruitt, Ryan Yarbrough, and Hunter Wood, as well as veteran Matt Andriese.

Manager Kevin Cash said the team will use this system throughout April and early May, when there are a lot of off days. However, he said the Rays will use that time as a testing period to see if the four-man rotation will work for the entire season.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia knows about the minor sprain in newly acquired pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani’s elbow, but he is not concerned.

“No restrictions with Shohei,” Scioscia told reporters Wednesday at baseball’s winter meetings. “The only understanding we have is really just something that’s behind him. There’s no concern, and there’s no restrictions. He’ll be full go in spring training.”

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