Steve Clevenger has been tearing it up for a few days at AAA Iowa, but, more importantly, he’s apparently felt good. For that reason, the Cubs were thankfully able to activate Clevenger from the disabled list, and send back-back-back-back-up catcher (seriously) Blake Lalli back to Iowa.
Clevenger has been out since April 25 with a strained oblique and broken rib cage cartilage. All in all, missing only about a month is a pretty swift return for that kind of injury. In his five games at Iowa, Clevenger hit .462/.533/.846 in 15 plate appearances.
At the time of his departure, Clevenger was hitting .500/.522/.727, albeit in just 23 plate appearances. Some were calling for him to overtake Geovany Soto as the primary start at that time. That still seems like the wrong approach to me, but, with Soto still out for a little while yet, and Welington Castillo also on the DL, Clevenger should get at least a few starts this week (assuming he’s really 100%).
Today’s early lineup has Koyie Hill drawing the start against lefty Eric Stults, and that’ll probably stick even after this roster move. Clevenger might get a pinch hit opportunity late, but we otherwise will have to wait until tomorrow for his return to action.