The Cleveland Indians removed right-hander Corey Kluber from
yesterday’s start due to a hip ailment. After the game, manager Terry Francona
told reporters the move was precautionary, as the Indians don’t expect the
injury to result in Kluber being sidelined for an extended period, according to
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
"I talked to [head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff]
during and after the game," Francona said. "I don't think this is
anything that's going to [cost him much time]. We have the off-day coming, so
if we need to buy him an extra day or two, we could. But I don't think anybody
thinks it'll get in the way."
As Francona indicated, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the
Indians push back Kluber’s next start if they elect to continue their cautious
approach to his hip discomfort. The right-hander was lifted after holding the
Minnesota Twins scoreless over five innings while only allowing three hits and
two walks and recording seven strikeouts. He later indicated that the hip
ailment first flared up during his July 12 start, as he pitched with soreness
throughout yesterday’s content.
Kluber has developed into one of the Indians’ most
consistent starting pitchers this season. Over 18 appearances – including 16
starts – the 27-year-old has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.69 and 1.230 with
a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.21.
Considering the Indians are reportedly surveying the trade
market for starting pitching, they can ill-afford to lose an arm such as
Kluber. They are expecting to get Zach McAllister back from injury Tuesday, and
hopefully he won’t be replaced on the disabled list with Kluber.
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