The Cleveland Indians will activate Corey Kluber from the disabled list ahead of tonight’s game.
Indians pitcher Corey Kluber will be activated from the disabled list and start today’s game against the Oakland A’s. Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reported the roster move, which also includes sending reliever Shawn Armstrong back to Triple-A Columbus.
Kluber has missed a month of action with a lower back strain. Prior to his injury, he was 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA across six starts.
Kluber has also not pitched since May 2 and the Indians have gone 13-12 in his absence. The team’s record currently sits at 27-24, tied with the Twins for first place in the AL Central.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona made sure to note that in spite of Kluber’s return, fans should not expect him to be back in top form.
“He’s not going to pitch all day,” Francona said, per Meisel’s report. “I guarantee you that. The key is to win, but also set him up for the rest of the year. We’ll keep an eye on him. We’ll probably aggravate him a time or two by asking him how he’s doing.”
One thing is certain. The Cleveland Indians would love for Kluber to re-enter the rotation and get back in top form.
After all, this is the same man who went 18-9 with a 2.33 ERA in 2014 en route to winning the AL Cy Young Award. Kluber was also instrumental in leading the Indians to last year’s World Series, going 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in six postseason starts.
He will surely bring leadership back to a Cleveland team that has missed his presence greatly. If he can get back into top form after a slow start to 2017, all the better. The Indians play Oakland Thursday at 12:10 p.m. CT. Kluber will face Jharel Cotton.