Indians’ All-Star Corey Kluber could be re-evaluated next week

By Matt Johnson
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More than a month after suffering a right ulna fracture following a line drive, Cleveland Indians All-Star pitcher Corey Kluber could be headed for the first big step in his return to the mound.

Before Friday’s game, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that Kluber will either be evaluated next week or the following week by doctors.

Cleveland initially announced on May 3 that Kluber would be re-examined by doctors in three-to-four weeks. Now approaching the expected timetable, Kluber appears set for the biggest point in his recovery.

The Indians currently sit 10.5 games back in the A.L. Central entering the weekend. Given the myriad of injuries they’ve dealt with this season, the organization could choose to explore extreme caution with bringing Kluber back.

If everything is checked out and looks good to the medical staff after the evaluation, then Kluber could be cleared to start throwing in the near future.