Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger at least 6 to 8 weeks

Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field during the Indians Home Opener on April 1, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher Mike Clevinger on the 10-day injured list, but he will be out much longer.

The right-hander had an MRI and was diagnosed with a high-grade strain in a major muscle in his upper back, according to the team. He will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks to determine if he’s ready to resume throwing.

Clevinger left Saturday’s game after five scoreless innings with upper back tightness. He hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings over his two starts.

The Tribe plays the Tigers in Detroit at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday. Corey Kluber, who is 0-2 this season, will take the the mound.

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