CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber’s stellar first half ended with a sudden stop.
Cleveland’s ace received an injection in his right knee that will force him to miss the All-Star Game. But more importantly, the Indians are hoping it will allow the right-hander to continue leading their rotation after the break – and beyond.
Kluber got the shot in his knee on Friday, a day after the two-time Cy Young Award winner gave up two runs in the eighth inning and was beaten by the New York Yankees. The A.L. Central-leading Indians said the right-hander will need at least one week to recover and he’s not expected to make his next start until July 23 against Pittsburgh.
Kluber has been replaced on the A.L. All-Star roster by Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.
While Kluber’s knee issue doesn’t appear to be serious, the Indians aren’t taking any chances.
The 32-year-old pitcher took his fifth loss of the season Thursday night, but never mentioned any issues with his knee. Kluber has given up 19 runs over his last 34 innings, an uncharacteristic stretch for one of baseball’s best pitchers.
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