Steve Clevenger C BAL 2 weeks ago

Clevenger was optioned to Triple-a Norfolk on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

As expected, Clevenger was sent down to make room for Chris Davis, who served the final game of his 25-game suspension on Opening Day. Matt Wieters (elbow) isn't expected to be out for long, and his return will make Clevenger the No. 4 catcher in the organization.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 2 weeks ago

Clevenger is expected to be removed from the 25-man roster following Monday's contest to open up a spot for Chris Davis, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Clevenger remained on the roster as Ryan Lavarnway was reassigned and had his contract purchased before Opening Day. However, the return of Chris Davis will force a position player off the roster, and having three catchers is not a requirement.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 2 weeks ago

With Ryan Lavarnway reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday, Clevenger will open the season as Baltimore's backup catcher.

Matt Wieters (elbow) should be available before the end of April, so Clevenger's role may only lead to three or four starts. Assuming Caleb Joseph stays healthy, Wieters' return will send Clevenger back to Triple-A Norfolk.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 4 weeks ago

Clevenger remains a candidate to be the backup catcher to begin the season, MLB.com reports.

Baltimore is going defense first in making the decision between Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia. Clevenger is the only one of the three on the 40-man roster, but the priorities remain clear. Clevenger struggled last year defensively and that prompted the Orioles to trade for Nick Hundley and send Clevenger to the minors.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 1 month ago

Clevenger does not feel like he has gained an edge in the job for the backup catcher position, MASN Sports reports.

Clevenger is battling Caleb Joseph, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia for the spot. Joseph remains the favorite, while Clevenger and the others are underdogs. Clevenger slashed a serviceable .305/.366/.389 with Triple-A last year, but he did not perform well in his MLB role (.225/.289/.337 in 35 games). The Orioles have more confidence in Clevenger's bat than his defense and that is the reason Joseph gained an edge last year in the first place.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 4 months ago

Clevenger's future in the organization is questionable following Baltimore's acquisition of Ryan Lavarnway, MASN Sports reports.

Clevenger was the backup catcher last spring, but the Orioles traded for Nick Hundley and optioned Clevenger after Matt Wieters missed the second two-thirds of the season. It seems the Orioles are not satisfied with Clevenger's defense. The addition of Lavarnway tallies the Orioles with five catchers on the roster. Clevenger could be a trade target as it seems improbable the team will carry this many catchers on the 40 man roster out of spring training.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 8 months ago

Clevenger will be recalled from short-season Aberdeen on Tuesday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

Barring an early clinching of the AL East title, Clevenger doesn't figure to see much playing time in September for the Orioles. He ranks third on the catching depth chart behind Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley, making him little more than an insurance option at the position.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 8 months ago

Clevenger was optioned to short-season Aberdeen on Sunday, Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports.

The move is strictly procedural, as it allows the Orioles to call up Wei-Yin Chen from their Gulf Coast League affiliate to make the start Sunday against the Twins. Clevenger will be eligible to return to the Orioles on Tuesday, and is expected to provide the squad with depth at catcher and the corner infield during the season's final month.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 8 months ago

Clevenger was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.

Clevenger has logged time with the Orioles in 26 games this season, batting a modest .240/.296/.373 with eight RBI and seven runs in 75 at-bats. He'll likely find it difficult to scrounge up plate appearances behind Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley.

Steve Clevenger C BAL 9 months ago

Orioles optioned C Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk.

The O's carried three catchers for a while when they only needed four starters, but Bud Norris will rejoin the rotation Monday. Clevenger has hit .240/.296/.373 across 26 games for Baltimore this season.