CLEVELAND — The Indians are already dealing with adversity before taking the field for their first full-squad workout.
Starter Mike Clevinger could be sidelined two months after undergoing surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, an injury the right-hander sustained while working out at the team’s training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, earlier this week.
“He was doing some drills a couple days ago,” manager Terry Francona said before Clevinger had the procedure. “He felt something. We took him to the training room. Then we let him go home to see how he feels. I think our trainers were a little nervous at the outset that this has meniscus written all over it. He was pretty sore so they got him an MRI.”
The Indians estimate Clevinger will be able to return to “major league game activity” in six to eight weeks. Cleveland opens the season on March 26 against Detroit.
If there’s a bright spot, it’s that the injury happened early in camp and not closer to the season’s start.
“It’s not doomsday,” Francona said. “One, we know he’s a quick healer. And two, he will be able to keep his arm in condition the entire time. I’d prefer it didn’t happen, but he’s going to…