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More aces dealt bad hands

The Indians are hoping starting pitcher Corey Kluber only misses one start after Cleveland placed its ace on the 10-day disabled list. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
The Indians are hoping starting pitcher Corey Kluber only misses one start after Cleveland placed its ace on the 10-day disabled list. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
From wire reports

Three aces in three days.

Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber joined New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list on Wednesday.

The Rangers say Hamels is expected to miss eight weeks because of a strained right oblique.

The Rangers put Hamels on the 10-day disabled list and recalled righty Anthony Bass from Triple-A Round Rock.

Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start shortly before Tuesday night’s game at Houston. He said he felt discomfort in his right side while warming up.

The four-time All-Star is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts this season. The 33-year-old is 24-6 since Texas got him from Philadelphia at the trade deadline in 2015, and was the MVP of the 2008 World Series for the Phillies.

The Indians are being careful with their ace.

The Indians put Kluber on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain, meaning he will miss at least his next turn in the rotation. Kluber was removed from Tuesday night’s start at Detroit after three innings because of back discomfort.

Manager Terry Francona said missing only one start would be the best-case scenario.

“But in fairness to Klube, I don’t know if we need to expect that,” Francona said.

The Indians recalled right-hander Joe Colon from Triple-A Columbus.

Kluber is 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA in six starts this season.

Mets ace Syndergaard is headed to Los Angeles this week to seek a second opinion on his torn lat muscle from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a source confirmed.

The planned visit was first reported by the New York Post, which also pegged initial conservative estimates of Syndergaard’s absence to be about three months.

General manager Sandy Alderson said on Monday that Syndergaard’s stint on the DL likely would be measured in weeks rather than days, though he avoided divulging a specific timeline.

Mets lefty Steven Matz suffered the same injury in 2015, which sidelined him for two months, and a source this week said the Mets expected Syndergaard’s injury likely would require a longer recovery time.

Now, the Mets face the challenge of turning their season around without the 24-year-old, who is 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA in five starts.

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