Kluber (shoulder) was officially ruled out for the season Saturday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Unless he re-signs as a free agent this offseason, Kluber's Rangers career will have lasted all of one inning. He only ever had an outside chance to return very late this year, but that chance was snuffed out Saturday. Kluber will turn 35 early in the 2021 campaign and will enter next season having made a total of just eight starts over the last two years.
Kluber (shoulder) was placed on the 45-day injured list Tuesday. The move isn't much of a surprise, as Kluber will be shut down for at least four weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder Monday. If he's able to return at all this season, it will likely be very late in the year and in a relief role.
Kluber was diagnosed with a Grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder Monday and will be placed on the injured list and shut down from throwing for at least four weeks. Kluber left his season debut after just a single inning Sunday and didn't receive good news following an MRI after the game. As the four-week timeline covers just the period in which he'll be completely shut down, he'd presumably still be several weeks from returning to game action at that point even in a best-case scenario. In a season which lasts just two months, there seems to be a very real chance that he's already done for the year, though the Rangers have yet to completely rule him out at this point. Even if Kluber makes it back in action by season's end, his lengthy recovery timeline means that he will likely have to settle for a relief role if he does return, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Kluber was removed from Sunday's start against the Rockies after experiencing tightness in the back of his right shoulder. The 34-year-old completed one scoreless inning but didn't retake the field for his second frame due to the injury. Kluber's availability going forward is now in question, and he's scheduled to be evaluated further Monday.
Kluber was removed after allowing one walk and recording one strikeout during a scoreless first inning Sunday versus the Rockies, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. The veteran right-hander didn't appear to suffer an obvious injury, but he was replaced by Joe Palumbo for the start of the second inning. The Rangers will likely update Kluber's status sometime this afternoon.