Kluber (back) will head out on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, MLB.com reports. Kluber is expected to throw 70 to 75 pitches in his first start for Columbus, and how he feels after that will determine his path going forward. If all goes well, look for Kluber to make a return to Cleveland's rotation in the first week of June.
Kluber (back) tossed a three-inning simulated game Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Barring any setbacks, he will partake in a rehab game Thursday. Kluber has been on the shelf since May 3, but it sounds as if everything goes according to plan during his upcoming bullpen session and minor-league rehab appearance then Kluber could be ready to return to the Indians' rotation by the end of May. An update on his condition should become available following his upcoming activities.
Kluber (back) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Kluber threw 40 pitches without any hindrance Wednesday. He'll have a couple days of rest before throwing a simulated game Saturday. Kluber has steadily increased his amount of throwing activity over the past week, so a timetable for his return should become clear in the near future.
Kluber (back) will throw off a mound Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. This is a sign of progress for the former Cy Young winner, although he's only expected to throw 20 pitches or so. This means Kluber is still a ways away from a return to the rotation (or a rehab assignment, for that matter), but the Indians' plans for him should become clearer as he ramps up his activity.
Kluber (back) has resumed throwing, but remains without a timetable for returning to MLB action, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Prior to Friday's game against Minnesota, Tribe manager Terry Francona said that Kluber had begun playing catch on flat ground. The skipper added that the team will have a better idea of when Kluber will return once he's cleared to throw off a mound. "He's making some really good strides," Francona said. "We're pleased about that."
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