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Clevinger feels ‘vindicated’ after MLB investigat­ion


Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger said he feels vindicated and is focusing on the season, speaking two days after MLB announced he will not be discipline­d following the investigat­ion of a domestic violence allegation.

“I appreciate everyone who waited until the verdict was out, waited until the facts came out. I appreciate anyone who didn’t rush to judgment and kept their cool and understood the ramificati­ons of these accusation­s,” Clevinger said Tuesday before Chicago played the Milwaukee Brewers in a spring training exhibition in Glendale, Ariz.

“I was confident the whole time. I feel vindicated,” he added. “I guess you could say this was a bad situation, a devastatin­g situation. I’m just trying to move forward. I want to focus on baseball now. Looking forward to helping my family heal from this.”

BRAVES: Atlanta has reason to hope right-hander Kyle Wright, MLB’S only 20-game winner last season, still has time to be ready for Opening Day.

If Wright requires more time to prepare for the season, the Braves appear to be developing sufficient depth to fill their rotation.

Wright, 27, has yet to appear in a spring game after having a cortisone shot to address a right shoulder issue in January. He has said his shoulder feels good, but the Braves will be closely monitoring his progress after he threw a bullpen session. He is prepared to throw live batting practice Friday.

If there are no setbacks, Wright could have time to pitch in three spring games, including one next week.

RED SOX: Boston infielder Justin Turner said he and his “chiclets” are doing fine after he was hit in the face by a pitch in Monday’s spring training game against the Detroit Tigers in Fort Myers, Fla. Turner needed 16 stitches but posted on his Twitter account Tuesday that he is “feeling very fortunate” to have no broken bones and his teeth intact.

REDS: Cincinnati reassigned veteran right-hander Chase Anderson to the major league camp. It is an indication Anderson, 35, has a chance to earn an Opening Day roster spot for his 10th big league season.

The Reds need to fill two starting rotation slots behind their young trio of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo and Graham Ashcraft.

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