Clevinger won’t face discipline after abuse claim

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger will not face discipline under MLB’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy, the league announced on Sunday.

He has voluntarily agreed to submit to evaluations by the treatment boards which cover domestic violence and “drugs of abuse” and also agreed to comply with any recommendations those boards make.

Clevinger, 32, had been under investigation after being accused of domestic abuse by the mother of one of his children. On Jan. 24, Olivia Finestead posted a photo on Instagram of marks on her body with accompanying words that alleged the injuries were “from when he threw an iPad at me pregnant” and “finally left when he strangled me.”

“Mike Clevinger,” she added, “you really deserve hell I’ve kept quiet now for almost a year and you continue to covertly abuse your infant.”

She also said Clevinger “threw chew spit on our baby” and accused him of illegal drug use, bringing the Joint Baseball Drug Policy into the investigation.

With Sunday’s announcement, the investigation into Clevinger is now closed.

“This is pretty devastating for me and my family,” Clevinger said when he arrived at White Sox camp last month. “I feel terrible for my teammates having to answer questions about this. I trust the process. Just asking everyone to wait before the rush to judgment. Wait until the actual facts are out there. Wait until there is actual evidence and then make your decision on who you think I am.”

The right-hander finalized a $12 million, one-year contract with Chicago in December. MLB’s probe predated his agreement with the White Sox who, based on collectively bargained policies, were not told he was under investigation before he signed. The news only became public after Finestead’s social media posts.

Clevinger is expected to pitch in the backend of the White Sox rotation this season. He threw in a spring training B game against the Dodgers on Sunday before the league announced its findings.

There have been 15 players suspended for violating the domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy since it was instituted in 2015. Trevor Bauer received the longest suspension at 324 games. It was later reduced to 194 games after an appeal.

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