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Steve Clevenger | Catcher | #32

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 7 (0) / CHC

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Steve Clevenger has signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.
Clevenger drew no interest from MLB-affiliated clubs this winter and spring after getting suspended by the Mariners last September for tweeting racially insensitive comments. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman holds a .227/.284/.324 career batting line over parts of six big league seasons. Thu, Jul 20, 2017 03:09:00 PM

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Steve Clevenger is close to a deal with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Clevenger has been mostly out of baseball since the Mariners suspended him in September 2016 after a series of racially insensitive tweets about the Black Lives Matter movement. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman batted just .221/.303/.309 in 76 plate appearances last summer for Seattle.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 09:36:00 AM

Steve Clevenger has elected free agency.

Clevenger was outrighted off the Mariners' 40-man roster earlier this week. The 30-year-old was limited to just 22 games this season due to hand and elbow injuries and finished the season on the restricted list after being suspended for making offensive statements on social media regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 07:53:00 PM

Mariners sent C Steve Clevenger outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Clevenger was acquired from the Orioles last winter in the Mark Trumbo deal and mad more news with some inappropriate tweets in September than he did with anything he accomplished on the field. The 30-year-old was limited to just 22 games due to hand and elbow injuries. He can opt for free agency over taking the minor league assignment.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Mariners suspended C Steve Clevenger without pay for the rest of the season.

Clevenger was in hot water over some inappropriate tweets on Thursday. He was already not going to return this season due to hand and elbow injuries but now won't be paid during that time.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 12:16:00 PM

Steve Clevenger (hand, elbow) could play winter ball this offseason.

He's out for the year with hand and elbow injuries but is hoping to get some at-bats in before spring training. Clevenger is no stranger to winter ball having played in Venezuela during the 2011 offseason. The 30-year-old is under team control for the next three seasons.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 09:49:00 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Friday that Steve Clevenger (finger) suffered a setback in his rehab and is unlikely to return before the end of the 2016 season.

Clevenger has been on the road to recovery from a broken finger but is now dealing with an elbow issue as well. He has been on the shelf since early July when he was clipped by a foul ball off the bat of Andrew McCutchen.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 07:07:00 PM

Mariners transferred C Steve Clevenger from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Clevenger fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand when he took a foul tip to the digit off the bat of Andrew McCutchen at the end of June. He subsequently underwent surgery to repair the injury. By his initial 6-8 week timetable, a return in late August isn't out of the question.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 11:10:00 PM

Steve Clevenger will need 6-8 weeks to recover from a broken hand.

Clevenger had a plate and six screws inserted in his right hand on Friday. If the timetable holds, Clevenger should be back in late August. In the meantime, Mike Zunino will continue to back up Chris Iannetta behind the plate.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 08:23:00 PM

Mariners placed C Steve Clevenger on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right hand.

Clevenger suffered the injury during Wednesday night's loss to Pittsburgh. Mike Zunino was called up from Triple-A to take Clevenger's spot on the active roster. Clevenger will undergo surgery tomorrow and expects to be back before the end of the year.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Steve Clevenger was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates after fracturing the third metacarpal in his right hand.

The third metacarpal is part of the middle finger. Clevenger fractured the bone after taking a foul tip off the bat of Andrew McCutchen in the third inning and was immediately replaced by Chris Iannetta behind the plate. Expect the Mariners to call up a catcher to aid their depth. Mike Zunino and Steve Baron are both potential options.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 11:11:00 PM

Steve Clevenger was pulled early in Wednesday's game against the Pirates after taking a foul-tip off his right hand.

Clevenger suffered the foul-tip during an at-bat by Gregory Polanco to lead off the third inning. He left with the trainer after suffering the setback, with Chris Iannetta taking over at catcher in his absence. The Mariners should pass along official word as to the nature of Clevenger's injury as the game progresses.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 10:53:00 PM

Steve Clevenger went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk versus the Indians on Thursday.

Mike Zunino is tearing it up in Triple-A, so the time will probably come at which the Mariners will go to a Zunino-Chris Iannetta combination behind the plate. Still, that's likely a little ways off. Clevenger will be Iannetta's backup until it happens.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Mariners acquired C/1B Steve Clevenger from the Orioles for OF/1B Mark Trumbo and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser.

Clevenger saw 101 at-bats with the Orioles in 2015, hitting a respectable .287/.314/.426 with four doubles, two triples, two homers, and 15 RBI. The Mariners have had one of the worst catching situations in the majors in recent years, with Mike Zunino offering a bit of pop and not much else. The 29-year-old Clevenger gives them some depth at the position. He can also play a capable first base.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 05:07:00 PM

Steve Clevenger is expected to have an Opening Day roster spot with the Orioles in 2016.

Matt Wieters and Caleb Joseph are due back at catcher for the O's, but Clevenger will likely be carried as an emergency backstop, bench bat, and utilityman. The 29-year-old is out of minor league options. He slashed .287/.314/.426 across 105 plate appearances in 2015.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 10:09:00 AM

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