NEW YORK (AP) – Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is being investigated by Major League Baseball following an allegation of domestic violence.
Olivia Finestead publicly disclosed the allegations in an Instagram post Tuesday. Clevinger, a 32-year right-hander and six-year major league veteran, agreed to a one-year, $12 million free agent deal that was announced Dec. 4.
“MLB has opened an investigation upon learning of these allegations,” the team said in a statement. “The White Sox were unaware of the allegations or investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from comment until the MLB investigative process has come to its conclusion.”
Jay Reisinger, a lawyer for Clevinger, released a statement that said, “Mike emphatically denies the allegations made by Ms. Finestead.”
“He never hurt Mrs. Finestead or her daughter,” Reisinger said. “We will not comment on Ms Finestead’s plea for bringing these false allegations. His threats and baseless accusations in recent months have sadly escalated, most recently culminating in deeply disturbing threats against Mike and his family. His threats and his pattern of violent behavior are well documented. The simple truth is that Mike did nothing wrong. He is a loving and caring father. We advised Mike not to comment on the matter.
Finestead said she was the mother of Clevinger’s child and claimed she fathered two other children who were not his. She posted a photo of marks on her body with accompanying words stating that her injuries were “since she threw me a pregnant iPad” and “eventually went away when she strangled me.”
“Mike Clevinger,” she added, “you really deserve hell, it’s been almost a year now that I’ve been silent and you continue to covertly abuse your child.” He said Clevinger “threw a chewing spit on our baby.”
The Athletic reported that Finestead told the outlet he notified MLB of his allegations last summer.
The Associated Press typically does not identify victims of domestic violence or sexual assault unless they agree to be named or come forward publicly with their allegations, as Finestead has done.
Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA for Cleveland (2016-20) and San Diego (2021-22). He was 0-1 in a couple of postseason starts for the Padres.
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was suspended for two seasons by MLB last April under domestic violence policy following an investigation that began the previous July. The suspension was shortened to 194 games by an umpire last month and the Dodgers released the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner. The suspension cost Bauer more than $37 million from his $102 million three-year contract through the 2023 season .
Bauer denied the allegations.