Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/28/14
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. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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