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November 2, 2020 02:52 PM
Corey Kluber: Cleared to resume throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 28, 2020 01:16 PM
Corey Kluber: Headed to open market
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

September 6, 2020 03:48 PM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Officially out for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 28, 2020 04:56 PM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Placed on 45-day injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 27, 2020 06:16 PM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Shut down for at least four weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 26, 2020 05:32 PM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Leaves with shoulder tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 27, 2020 11:20 AM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Removed after first inning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 16, 2020 07:40 AM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Up to 98 pitches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kluber threw 98 pitches over 5.2 innings during Wednesday's intrasquad game, T.R. Sullivan of 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.

July 10, 2020 01:40 PM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Ahead of hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kluber worked six-plus innings and threw 80 pitches in an intrasquad game Thursday, T.R. Sullivan of 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.

July 5, 2020 11:40 AM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Throws five innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kluber tossed five innings in a simulated game Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of 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.

May 30, 2020 01:08 PM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Has faced live hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 7, 2020 10:48 AM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Meets innings goal Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 2, 2020 06:28 AM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Navigates trouble in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 "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.

February 16, 2020 11:00 AM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Throws second bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kluber (oblique) is healthy again and threw his second bullpen session Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of 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.

December 15, 2019 04:36 PM
Rangers' Corey Kluber: Trade to Rangers being finalized
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 2, 2019 12:36 PM
Indians' Corey Kluber: Club option picked up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 19, 2019 02:28 PM
Indians' Corey Kluber: Long-tossing from 100 feet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 13, 2019 08:44 PM
Indians' Corey Kluber: Plays catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 7, 2019 02:28 PM
Indians' Corey Kluber: Not expected back this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 24, 2019 09:56 AM
Indians' Corey Kluber: Undergoes further testing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Birmingham, AL
Texas Rangers

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2014: AL Cy Young
2017: AL Cy Young;AL ERA Leader