This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Indians starting rotation took a major hit last week when Clevinger was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his upper back. Originally Clevinger was optimistic abut the severity of the injury, though further testing revealed a significant strain of his right teres major muscle.
The teres major sits atop the latissimus dorsi and connects to the shoulder blade and the head of the upper arm bone known as the humerus. This positioning allows the muscle to not only move the arm in multiple directions, including internal rotation, but also allows it to help stabilize the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder. Furthermore, it influences movement of the shoulder blade itself. For pitching, the teres major also plays a major role in generating pitch velocity.
Based on its importance to the shoulder, it's easy to see how an injury to the teres major can be extremely detrimental to a pitcher. The magnitude of the injury was not lost on the Indians medical staff, as they immediately shut down Clevinger for at least six weeks. Cleveland doubled-down on the approach, placing him on the 60-day injured list. The team is also said to be considering surgical intervention, though a trip to the operating room will not drastically alter his current recovery timeline.
Fantasy owners who can stash Clevinger in a vacant IL spot should exhibit patience, while those without that luxury likely are best suited sending him to the waiver wire. I firmly suspect the team will handle his recovery