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Mariners issue statement after catcher Steve Clevenger makes racist tweets

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Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger found himself in hot water on social media on Thursday evening. He tweeted some racist statements pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement. After receiving criticism, he locked his account and presumably deleted the tweets.

The Score has screen caps of both tweets Clevenger made. [One] [Two]

After being made aware of Clevenger’s tweets, the Mariners issued a statement:

In case the above tweet or image don’t show up, it reads:

The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account. While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.

We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.

Kudos to the Mariners for being quick to respond to the issue.

Clevenger, 30, has played in 22 games for the Mariners this season after they acquired him from the Orioles in the Mark Trumbo trade this past offseason. Across 76 plate appearances, mostly against right-handed pitching, Clevenger has hit .221/.303/.309 with three doubles, one home run, and seven RBI.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.