Found September 04, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Cleveland Indians' pitcher Corey Kluber, who hasn't pitched since August 5 with a right middle finger strain, is set to return on Friday against the New York Mets. As reported by Mark Emery and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Kluber participated in a simulated game at Progressive Field on Monday. He threw between 60 and 65 pitches over the course of four innings. Barring no setbacks, Kluber will see time on the mound on Friday against the New York Mets.  He would then fall into the rotation after Scott Kazmir, who is scheduled to start Friday's game. Manager Terry Francona seemed pleased with the results of Kluber's simulated game. "He did real well," Tribe manager Terry Francona said, referring to Kluber's sim game. "I don't think he showed any effects. I thought the way he threw the ball today was [impressive]. It's afternoon, after coming back from a road trip. I thought he threw the ball great." Francona has tinkered with the thought of using a six man rotation for a couple starts upon Kluber's return, but has  yet to decide and is more concerned about Kluber and his return on Friday. "We want Corey to have as much of a start as possible, in terms of getting loose and everything," Francona said. Kluber started 12 games as a rookie last season and was 2-5 with a 5.14 earned run average.  This season, in 21 games, he is  7-5 with a 3.54 earned run average. For his career, Kluber is a game under .500 at 9-10 with a 4.18 earned run average. He has thrown 189 1/3 innings and struck out 175, while walking 47.
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