San Diego pitcher Mike Clevinger got a cortisone shot for his ailing right elbow Friday and the Padres are hopeful he’ll be OK for the playoffs.
Clevinger, acquired last month in a big trade with Cleveland, left his start against the Angels on Wednesday after just one inning.
The Padres have already clinched a postseason spot and the NL’s No. 4 seed, and will open the playoffs next Wednesday at Petco Park. Before the early exit, Clevinger had been presumed as the Game 1 starter in the wild-card round.
“We have not ruled out anything for next week and the first round of the playoffs,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said.