Indians lose Corey Kluber for 4-6 weeks with finger sprain

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The Indians lose underrated pitcher Corey Kluber for a few weeks due to a finger sprain.
The Indians lose underrated pitcher Corey Kluber for a few weeks due to a finger sprain. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: Kluber will miss approximately 4-6 weeks, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. He will not throw at all until he is pain-free.

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The Indians took a tough blow Tuesday when they were forced to place starting pitcher Corey Kluber on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger sprain, the club announced. Right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell was recalled as a corresponding move.

I'm not sure if a ton of people outside Cleveland -- or Kluber's fantasy baseball owners -- give Kluber the credit he deserves. He's a very good pitcher and missing a few starts could be damaging to the Indians' postseason push.

Kluber, 27, is 7-5 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 122 innings this season. He's been harmed by two awful starts in which he allowed 22 hits and 14 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings combined. Other than those two, he's been great. Plus, he's on fire right now, having a 1.98 ERA in his last six starts.

Danny Salazar is slated to start Wednesday as the Indians wanted to push Ubaldo Jimenez back a day in the rotation, so it appears rather obvious that Salazar remains in the rotation along with Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister and Scott Kazmir.

Salazar has made one start in the majors in his career, when he picked up the win while allowing only one run on two hits in six innings against the Blue Jays on July 11. He struck out seven.

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