Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by Major League Baseball amid allegations of both domestic violence and child abuse claims. The Athletic first reported the story.
The investigation originates from allegations from the mother of Clevinger’s 10-month-old child. The woman, Olivia Finestead, alleges that Clevinger inflicted physical abuse on his children and the children’s two mothers. Finestead has been in contact with the MLB since this past summer, according to the report.
Mike Clevinger is under investigation by MLB following allegations of domestic violence involving the mother of his 10-month-old daughter and child abuse, per @Britt_Ghiroli
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) January 24, 2023
One incident allegedly occurred during a road trip the San Diego Padres took to Los Angeles. In a hotel room, Clevinger was accused of slapping Finestead and throwing chewing tobacco at their 10-month-old child.
Mike Clevinger made 22 starts last season for the Padres after missing all of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery. He signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Chicago White Sox in November. However, the White Sox claimed that they did not know about Clevinger’s investigation upon signing him.
Clevinger had spent the first five years of his career with Cleveland.
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take any and all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox are completely supportive of the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy shared by MLB and the MLBPA,” the White Sox wrote in a statement. “MLB opened an investigation after learning of these allegations. The White Sox were not aware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from comment until MLB’s investigative process has reached its conclusion.”