Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) reacts after giving up a solo home run to Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) in the first inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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A season marred with injuries and slow starts is now getting worse for the Cleveland Indians. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber will miss the next month before being re-evaluated after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his pitching arm.

The injury: Kluber’s 2019 season took an unfortunate blow on Wednesday night when a line drive drilled him directly in the left arm. The ball died almost immediately and Kluber left the game with his arm at his side.

The prognosis: Given Kluber will be sidelined for at least a month, it could carry significant implications on Cleveland’s chances this season.

  • The Minnesota Twins, who sit atop the American League, are only improving while the Indians are likely to slip further in the division.
  • Skidding further down the standings could push this team to sell in July after an offseason that already saw them cutting costs.If the Indians fall further b

Avoiding surgery could be a positive for Kluber, but the month away from the mound is a significant blow for the team. If the Indians are significantly behind in the division after May, it could influence the long-term decision the team makes with Kluber.

For now, fans and the organization will remain in a holding pattern on the status of the team’s ace.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick