Kluber tossed two innings of live batting practice Friday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The veteran hurler was tested in the session, facing the likes of Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres. Voit smashed a homer against Kluber, but that didn't stop manager Aaron Boone from feeling positive about the right-hander's session. "I feel really good about his progress," Boone said. "I thought he finished better than he started, and I think the stuff is overall pretty crisp. I'm encouraged where he's at." Kluber figures to slot in as the No. 2 starter for the Yankees this season.
Kluber stated Friday that he has had no setbacks with his right shoulder and that he is on a normal preparation schedule at this point in the spring, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Kluber pitched only one inning last season due to a Grade 2 tear of the teres minor muscle in his right shoulder, but he indicated that he doesn't feel as if he is still rehabbing the shoulder. "I've had no issues with it now or anywhere along the rehab process," Kluber said. "That's encouraging. Honestly, I don't feel like I'm still working on improving the shoulder or anything like that. I think it's in a spot where, like any part of your body, it takes maintenance throughout the year. But I'm not putting any more emphasis on that than I am anything else at this point." The Yankees are counting on Kluber to fill a spot near the top of their rotation, though there are legitimate questions about his arsenal now that he's a few months away from turning 35. In addition, the 2017 AL Cy Young Award winner has hurled only 36.2 frames over the past two seasons and was already experiencing a drop in velocity during his last healthy season (2018).
Kluber is finalizing a one-year, $11 million contract with the Yankees on Friday, pending a physical, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Kluber's market heated up in recent days following his throwing session Wednesday, and he'll head to the Yankees as long as he passes his physical. The two-time Cy Young Award winner impressed during his workout in front of scouts from at least 25 teams and will attempt to return to form over a full season after battling injuries over the past several years.
Kluber (shoulder) will throw in front of multiple teams on Jan. 13, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
If any team is able to sign the 2014 to 2018 version of Kluber this offseason for a significantly reduced price, they'll be walking away with a steal. The veteran righty won two Cy Youngs during those years while posting a 2.85 ERA. Heading into his age-35 season, however, it's far from guaranteed that Kluber is anywhere close to being that guy again. He battled injuries for most of the past two seasons, limiting him to just eight total starts, a stretch in which he posted a 5.65 ERA. The extent to which MLB clubs believe he'll be able to recapture his previous form should start to become clear after his throwing session.
Kluber (shoulder) is expected to throw for teams in early January, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Kluber's 2020 campaign lasted all of one inning before he was shut down with a shoulder strain, meaning he's now made just eight starts over the last two years. Given his age (34) and recent injury history, there's a good chance he winds up stuck looking for a one-year, prove-it deal despite the fact that he's a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Kluber posted an ERA below 3.00 in each of his last two full seasons, meaning he still has plenty of upside, but given his age, it would hardly be a surprise if he never returns to his former glory.
Kluber (shoulder) was cleared to resume a throwing program Monday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Kluber threw a single inning for the Rangers this season before being shut down with a strained right shoulder. He's expected to resume mound work in December. This season was his second straight to be ruined by injury, as he made just seven generally poor starts in 2019 while battling a broken arm and a tight oblique. Those injuries add plenty of risk to the veteran righty's profile heading into his age-35 season, so he'll likely see considerably less interest than a pitcher with a career 3.16 ERA over a decade worth of work would normally receive.
The Rangers don't intend to exercise Kluber's (shoulder) $18 million team option for 2021, making him a free agent, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Kluber will receive a $1 million buyout as he heads to the open market. After missing nearly all of his final season in Cleveland in 2019 with a broken arm and an oblique injury, Kluber was dealt to Texas last December with the expectation that he would solidify the top of the Rangers' rotation. Instead, he endured another injury-ruined season, as he was diagnosed with a Grade 2 right shoulder strain in late July after what ended up being his only appearance of 2020. Since he avoided shoulder surgery, the 34-year-old should be fully healthy in advance of spring training, but he'll likely have to settle for a low-cost, prove-it deal this winter on the heels of back-to-back lost years.
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.
Kluber threw 98 pitches over 5.2 innings during Wednesday's intrasquad game, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four.
Kluber has routinely hit the five-inning mark during summer camp, whether that be simulated or intrasquad games, suggesting he'll be ready to provide length immediately. The right-hander will make one more camp start and is projected to pitch the third game of the season, July 26, at home against Colorado.
Kluber worked six-plus innings and threw 80 pitches in an intrasquad game Thursday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He allowed two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine.
Other than Rougned Odor catching all of a cut fastball for a home run, Kluber was on point. He retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and fanned seven of them in what was his second time on the mound at Globe Life Field. "He was definitely ahead of the hitters today," manager Chris Woodward said. "I felt it was his command, and the baseball was moving. The movement is really late. Honestly, I was thrilled to watch that. You see the reaction of a lot of our hitters. A lot of them had a really tough time against him." Kluber is line for two more camp outings before the regular season arrives.
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.
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