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45 Steve Clevenger C
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 4/5/1986 | Birthplace: Baltimore, MD | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Baltimore | College: Southeastern Louisiana | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $496,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Orioles resting Caleb Joseph, Steve Pearce in nightcap Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) In the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, Orioles manager is holding catcher Caleb Joseph and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce out of the lineup against the White Sox. 

Joseph had started each of the last four games behind the plate. He went 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts in the first game. He will give way to Steve Clevenger, who is making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday.

Pearce, who started in left field in game one, also started each of the last four games for the Orioles. He had a single in three at-bats against Chris Sale in the first game. David Lough will get the start in left and bat ninth in the nightcap.


Orioles recall Steve Clevenger, DFA Ryan Lavarnway


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. To clear a roster spot, catcher Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment.

Clevenger never appeared in a game for Baltimore before being demoted to the minors in early April. He hit .352 with with two home runs, three doubles and 14 RBI in 27 games. He also has 11 walks and 10 strikeouts.

"I'm excited," he said to MASN Sports. "I'm going to try and help the team anyway I can. Feeling good at the plate and I have been playing really well out there. I'm just excited to get out on the field and play here.

"I went down there on a mission," he said. "Coming into spring training this year, I wanted to focus more on my catching and I tried to do that. I went down there and played very well. Just tried to concentrate on my catching and helping the pitchers do what they can do best, and that's pitch and not worry about anything else. I was just playing solid defense down there."

Lavarnway appeared in just 10 games (eight starts) for Baltimore. He hit .107 (3 for 28) with one double, no home runs and no RBI.


Orioles' Steve Clevenger improving behind plate in Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger has produced encouraging reports from Triple-A manager Ron Johnson for his work behind the plate, a facet of his game the team wanted him to focus on improving, MASNSports.com reports.

"Clevenger's doing well down there. He's catching real well," manager Buck Showalter said. "Really like what R.J.'s been saying about him."

Clevenger has thrown out just 13 percent of base-runners at the major-league level, a mark which is less than half of the league average during his major-league career.


Orioles C Steve Clevenger moved to Triple-A DL


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger has been moved to the Triple-A disabled list with a left thumb contusion, according to the Virginian-Pilot

Clevenger, with the Norfolk Tides, injured his thumb while making a tag last Saturday. He aggravated the injury after catching a knuckleball from Eddie Gamboa. 


Agent: Orioles should allow Clevenger to seek MLB at-bats elsewhere


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Steve Clevenger's agent, Josh Kusnick, told reporters that the Orioles should allow his client to seek a big-league opportunity elsewhere instead of fighting for at-bats at Triple-A Norfolk. Clevenger was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday after infielder Chris Davis was reinstated from the restricted list.

"It's tough that he got sent down today after being told that he made the team," Kusnick said. "We were all in the dark about what happened, but we had an inkling this was coming. I heard things during spring training that this was possible, but nothing from the club, and I didn't really get an indication it was coming to fruition until today.

"I don't understand it from my side. I've been doing this for 13 years now and I've never seen a situation like it before. I'm not one to comment too much on how clubs operate and run their teams. That's their prerogative. But if the Orioles are trying to create roster flexibility and they go ahead and put a guy on the 40-man with no options and took a guy with flexibility and send him down and all of the sudden the flexibility evaporates. I don't understand the long-term plan here for Steve right now."


Orioles reinstate infielder Chris Davis, expected to start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) The Orioles have reinstated infielder Chris Davis from the restricted list and optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Triple-A, the team announced Tuesday.

Davis was suspended 25 games last season after testing positive for amphetamines without a prescription. He needed one game this season to complete the suspension.

"It feels good," Davis said to MASN.com. "Obviously, watching the game, everybody's having all the fun, hitting home runs, scoring a bunch of runs. It's good to be a part of it today. I missed these guys, even though I wasn't really gone. Still hanging around with them on the field, just being around with them and competing. Wearing that uniform, it's exciting."

Davis, who hit .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI last year, will bat fifth and be slotted as the designated hitter Tuesday.

The Orioles (-110) are the favorites over the Rays Tuesday.


Steve Clevenger earns backup catcher spot with Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Steve Clevenger earned the backup catcher role for the Orioles. 

Clevenger beat out Ryan Lavaranway, who was sent down as the team set its Opening Day roster. 

Clevenger hit .282 with six RBI in spring training. 


Orioles prioritizing defense in second-catcher options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) With Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph expected to open the season as the team's primary backstop in place of Matt Wieters, who isn't expected to be ready to catch by Opening Day, manager Buck Showalter is prioritizing defense in his decision on the team's No. 2 catcher, MLB.com reports.

The team's internal options include Ryan Lavarnway, Steve Clevenger, J.P. Arencibia and Brian Ward.

"I think everybody that we're considering has some track record of being able to do some things offensively with the exception of Brian Ward," Showalter said. "There's not a big offensive track record behind him. Lavarnway may have as good if not better numbers than all of them in the Minor Leagues if you really look at them. So I think we've got the potential to get both of that, but the first criteria that they have to satisfy is the defensive part of it."


Orioles expected to add four to roster Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Orioles are expected to add a handful of players to the roster Tuesday, to take advantage of expanded rosters.

According to MASNSports.com, outfielder Quintin Berry , catcher Steve Clevenger and pitchers Ryan Webb and T.J. McFarland will be added to the active roster Tuesday.  


Steve Clevenger's demotion is temporary


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) The Orioles optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Class A Aberdeen Sunday. However, he is expected to rejoin the roster when rosters expand Monday.

Orioles promote Steve Clevenger


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) The Orioles have promoted catcher Steve Clevenger to the majors.

Clevenger has played in 26 games in the majors this season. He's hitting .240 over 75 at-bats. Clevenger hit .305 at Triple-A. 


Orioles recall Bud Norris, option Steve Clevenger


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Orioles recalled pitcher Bud Norris from Double-A Bowie Monday and optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk.

Norris was sent down during the All-Star break to continue to see playing time. He threw 98 pitches for Bowie last Monday in his one minor-league outing. Clevenger has hit .240/.296/.373 with eight RBI in 75 at-bats.


Steve Clevenger getting the call Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Orioles will recall catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday, MASNSports.com reports. A corresponding move has not yet been announced.

Clevenger hit .243/.400/.378 in 24 games with the Orioles earlier in the season. 


Steve Clevenger leaves game after hit by bat on backswing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Orioles catching prospect Steve Clevenger was forced out of the game with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday after getting hit by the bat of Josh Johnson on a follow-through. Clevenger appears to have sustained a left forearm or elbow injury.

The 28-year-old Clevenger lost his spot with Baltimore in May after a 3-for-24 slide.


Steve Clevenger optioned to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) The Orioles optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday.

Clevenger hit .243/.300/.378 with eight RBI in 74 at-bats with the Orioles. With Nick Hundley now in tow, the team chose to option Clevenger to clear a roster spot for Chris Davis, who was reinstated from paternity leave Tuesday.


Steve Clevenger smacks walkoff double Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger went 3 for 5 Saturday, including a game-winning RBI double in the 10th inning to give his team a 5-4 win over the Astros.

Clevenger has seen extra playing time lately with Matt Wieters unable to play behind the plate. Clevenger has hit .256/.326/.462 with five RBI in 39 at-bats.


Seven different Orioles' players contribute RBI in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Everyone in the Orioles starting lineup almost ended up with an RBI during a 7-6 win Monday at Boston. The only two players who didn't contribute an RBI were second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi and outfielder David Lough.

The Orioles got most of their runs during a six-run third inning. Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop all had RBI singles. Adam Jones got an RBI on a fielder's choice and Steve Clevenger had an RBI double.

The Orioles' other run came in the eighth inning on Ryan Flaherty's RBI single. The Orioles hit .303 (10 for 33) and had four walks during the win.


Steve Clevenger told he made opening day roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger was told he will be on the opening day roster Monday.

Clevenger won the backup catcher role during camp, but the team didn't officially tell him until Monday. The only other candidate for the position, Johnny Monell, was demoted March 19, so it shouldn't come as a big surprise Clevenger won the job. 

Clevenger hit .217 in 23 at-bats in the majors last year.


Steve Clevenger left standing in backup catcher derby


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Orioles have optioned catcher Johnny Monell to minor league camp, leaving Steve Clevenger as the lone backup to starter Matt Wieters at that position.

Monell performed well enough at the plate this spring, batting .278 with one home run and six RBI in 18 at-bats. But he was outhit by Clevenger, who boasts the same power numbers with a .545 batting average that tops the Orioles among players with more than three plate appearances.


Orioles add Steve Clevenger to roster


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Orioles recalled Steve Clevenger Sunday as part of rosters expanding, MLB.com reports. Clevenger was picked up by the Orioles from the Cubs when Baltimore traded Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to Chicago for Scott Feldman. 

Clevenger hit .324 during his time with Triple-A Norfolk over 20 games. He had two homers and 11 RBI. 


Steve Clevenger still getting healthy


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger, acquired from the Cubs with Scott Feldman for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, continues to receive treatment in Sarasota for his strained oblique, MASNSports.com reports Tuesday. He's expected to report to Triple-A Norfolk, when ready. 

Orioles trade for catcher Steve Clevenger


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) The Orioles acquired starting pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger from the Cubs Tuesday in exchange for starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, reliever Pedro Strop and international signing bonus slots. Clevenger, however, will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Clevenger hit just .125 (1 for 8) in eight games for Chicago this season. He has a career .199 average in 79 MLB games.


Steve Clevenger activated from DL, optioned to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) The Cubs activated catcher Steve Clevenger from the 60-day disabled list Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa. Clevenger, who is 1 for 8 in eight games with the Cubs, has been out since April 13 with an oblique injury.

Steve Clevenger suffers setback in rehab


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2013) Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger had his rehab halted Saturday after he felt some discomfort in his injured oblique. Clevelenger will rest a few days before being re-evaluated, then could continue his rehab assignment, according to the Daily Herald.

The Cubs had considered activating Clevenger, so this comes at an inopportune time. 


Cubs considering adding Steve Clevenger


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday that the team has considered adding catcher Steve Clevenger to the big-league roster, MLB.com reports. Clevenger is hitting .385 in 11 rehab games with Triple-A Iowa.

"It's an option," Sveum said.

Clevenger opened the season with the Cubs, giving them a third catcher. He is working his way back from an oblique injury. He has played two games at third, one at first, and eight games at catcher in Triple-A.