Despite an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball into domestic violence allegations against him, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger will be allowed to take part in all spring training activities.
The allegations against Clevinger surfaced last month after the mother of one of his children accused him of physical and emotional abuse toward herself and her child.
A person familiar with the details confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the White Sox were unaware of the allegations when they signed Clevinger to a one-year, $12 million deal last month.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
According to multiple reports, Clevinger will not be put on administrative leave as the White Sox open their spring camp on Wednesday in Glendale, Arizona.
A major league source tells The Athletic that administrative leave is typically used when new information surfaces, which is not the case in this situation since the investigation dates back to last summer, when Clevinger was pitching for the San Diego Padres.
According to MLB’s domestic violence policy, the commissioner’s office is solely responsible for administering discipline in such cases, unless it transfers that authority to the team.
Until a ruling is issued, Clevinger and the White Sox will move forward as they wait.
Entering his seventh MLB season, Clevinger has a 51-30 career record and 3.39 ERA with Cleveland and San Diego.