Kluber tossed five innings in a simulated game Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Kluber shouldered a heavy load during his first summer-camp session, throwing 85 pitches (55 strikes). The right-hander struggled at the beginning, according to manager Chris Woodward, but once he found his arm slot, he commanded better. During the shutdown, Kluber had pitched regularly at his home in suburban Boston (Mass.) and also made a two-week trip to Florida in early May to join private workouts with other major-league players.
Kluber has faced live batters and pitched the equivalent of three innings, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.
It's not clear where Kluber faced the live hitters, but he's on schedule for a resumption of spring training. Once in camp, Kluber and the rest of the Texas starters will work toward building up pitch counts to the 75-to-80 range.
Kluber allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings in Friday's spring game against the Padres.
Kluber worked from behind more than is typical of him, but he limited the damage and met his goal of pitching four frames. He was better this time out than in his Cactus League debut this past Sunday. He didn't allow a hit through the first three innings while working around a pair of walks. So far, the 33-year-old right-hander looks normal after missing a significant amount of time in 2019 due to a broken forearm.
Kluber allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four over three innings in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers.
Kluber ran into immediate trouble, loading the bases with none out in the first inning before escaping with just one run. The veteran right-hander made his spring debut, threw all of his pitches, and eventually found his command over the final two innings. Catcher Jeff Mathis gave manager Chris Woodward a positive review. "I was talking to Math and he was like, 'balls were moving all over the place -- back-door sinker, front-door sinker, front-door cutter,'" Woodward told Dave Sessions of MLB.com. "Balls were moving all over the place and he was commanding it." Kluber did allow a home run, but that was the lone bit of hard contact off him.
Kluber (oblique) is healthy again and threw his second bullpen session Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Kluber, who was limited to 35.2 innings in 2019 by a fractured forearm, was encouraged following the session. "I don't know if I can put a timeline on it, but you throw so many pitches and go through your delivery so many times, you know when it's right and when it's not," Kluber said. "From that aspect, I feel good where I am at." The right-hander, who turns 34 in April, is being watched closely. Not only from a health perspective, but the Rangers are also considering his workload. Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, threw 1,091.1 innings over a five-year span from 2014-18, the second most in MLB and a heavy workload for a pitcher of any age. Next up is a live batting-practice session Tuesday. Kluber's expected to have two or three such BP sessions before getting into a game.
The Indians are in agreement to trade Kluber (oblique) to the Rangers on Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The trade rumors around Kluber picked up heavily this weekend, and he's now set to join Texas, though the trade is officially pending physicals. The right-hander was limited to seven games in 2019 due to forearm and oblique issues, but the Rangers are adding a two-time Cy Young Award winner who had a 2.96 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 186 games from 2013 to 2018. Kluber will earn $17.5 million next season and his $18.5 million option for 2021 will vest if he pitches 160 innings and doesn't finish the season on the injured list, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Kluber (oblique) will have his club option picked up for the 2020 season, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The decision would have seemed like one of the easiest ones in baseball heading into the season based on how well Kluber had pitched for the last several years. His track record still likely made it mostly a formality even after forearm and oblique injuries limited him to just seven starts this season. Those injuries and the fact that Kluber will turn 34 in April do make the veteran something of a risk heading into next season, but it's a risk worth taking for Cleveland at the modest price of $17.5 million. The team will have another option for $18 million for the 2021 season.
Kluber (oblique) long-tossed from 100 feet with good intensity Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
While it is good to see Kluber progressing, he won't have enough time to return to the mound this season. He will be a fascinating player for 2020 fantasy drafts, as he wasn't very good when he was healthy this year (5.80 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 38:15 K:BB in 35.2 innings). Kluber had thrown over 200 innings in five straight seasons prior to this year.
Kluber (oblique) played catch with a team trainer Friday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Kluber hasn't pitched in a big-league game since early May, first due to a fractured forearm and then after straining his oblique. It appears as though his chances of returning before the end of the regular season are quite low, but he could be able to help Cleveland in some capacity if the team reaches the playoffs.
Kluber (oblique) is still limited to aquatic exercise, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
With that, Meisel says he would be "quite surprised" if Kluber pitched again before the end of the regular season. Realistically, given where Kluber is at, he's also a long shot to pitch in the postseason barring a deep run by Cleveland. Kluber suffered an oblique strain during a start with Triple-A Columbus last month while rehabbing a forearm injury which originally sidelined him in early May.
Kluber underwent additional tests on his strained oblique Friday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Additional testing is generally a cause for concern, but in this case, the Indians are apparently trying to see if they can move up Kluber's target return date. The right-hander's status will be updated further once the results of Friday's exam are released.
Kluber underwent an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with an internal oblique strain.
Following this diagnosis, the timetable for Kluber's return is unknown, though he's been shut down from throwing and will be re-evaluated in two weeks to determine whether he's ready to begin a rehab program. He suffered the injury during a rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
Kluber will likely be shut down from throwing for the next two weeks after leaving Sunday's rehab start for Triple-A Columbus due to an abdominal injury, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Kluber made his way back to Cleveland on Monday to undergo an MRI, though the team isn't expected to announce the results until Tuesday. Assuming the right-hander is indeed shut down for the next two weeks, his timetable would likely be pushed back to mid-to-late-September, considering he'd need at least a few more rehab starts before being activated from the IL.
Kluber (forearm) was removed after the first inning of Sunday's rehab start for Double-A Akron due to abdominal tightness, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Kluber's removal was reportedly precautionary, but he'll likely head to Cleveland for further evaluation with the hope he's not dealing with a serious injury. It remains to be seen if this setback will have a major impact on his timetable.
Kluber (forearm) tossed four innings Tuesday in a rehab start for Double-A Akron, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six.
Kluber showed improvement in what was his second rehab start over the past week, retiring the first 10 batters he faced before allowing a solo home run in the fourth inning. He ran his pitch count up to 60 but once again struggled to find the zone, registering 36 strikes. Per Zack Meisel of The Athletic, the right-hander is scheduled to start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. Kluber will presumably increase his pitch count up to around 80 in Sunday's outing, which could be his last before rejoining the big-league rotation.
Kluber (forearm) tossed three innings Thursday in his first rehab start for Triple-A Columbus, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two.
While making his first appearance at any level since May 1, Kluber unsurprisingly didn't have his best command or control in the outing, serving up two home runs while pumping in 24 of 41 pitches for strikes. According to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kluber's two-seam fastball sat around 89-to-90 mph, which was down a tick or two from what he sported over his seven starts with Cleveland before fracturing his right forearm. On a positive note, Kluber retired the final five batters he faced and completed a bullpen session afterward to push his pitch count for the day to around 55. The two-time Cy Young Award winner remains on track to return from the 60-day injured list in the second half of August. He's expected to throw around 65 pitches in his second rehab start, which will come Tuesday for Double-A Akron.
Kluber (forearm) is scheduled to make his first rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Columbus, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.
Word surfaced Saturday indicating that Kluber would kick off his rehab assignment during the upcoming weekend, but it wasn't known what affiliate he would pitch for until Sunday. With Kluber coming out of his two-inning simulated game over the weekend without incident, he'll bypass a trip to a lower-level affiliate and instead head to directly to Triple-A, perhaps signaling that the Indians don't expect him to require a lengthy rehab stint. Cleveland will likely see how Kluber looks Thursday before determining whether he's fit to immediately re-enter the rotation on a lightened pitch count or if he'll need at least one more start in the minors to build up his arm following the lengthy absence.
Kluber (forearm) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
He was apparently sitting around 88-89 mph with his fastball in a 35-pitch sim game Saturday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. It is unclear where he will begin his assignment, but he is on track to return to the big-league rotation in late August or early September.
Kluber (forearm) successfully threw a 35-pitch simulated game Saturday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Kluber threw all of his pitches against Double-A hitters and felt well afterwards, admitting that he's passed the point of feeling hesitant when throwing. The 33-year-old is nearing a rehab assignment that would put him on pace to rejoin the Cleveland rotation later this month.
Kluber (forearm) will throw a simulated game Saturday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
A broken arm has kept Kluber out of game action since the start of May. If his session Saturday goes well, his next time throwing could come as part of a rehab assignment.
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