The Cleveland Indians will have one less All-Star in this years’ game as Corey Kluber received an injection that will sideline hime for 10 days.
Looks like the Cleveland Indians will have to settle with just four All-Stars. News broke today that Corey Kluber received an injection that will sideline him for 10 days. Considering he just started last night, he likely would’ve at some point in the game.
Regardless, Kluber’s health is the most important thing. The injection was in his right knee. The issue with his knee was reportedly affecting his mechanics. We didn’t see how long his throwing mechanics had been affected. But he hadn’t really had a bad game before the outing against the Twins back in early June.
It’s hard to tell what caused the injury (I use that term loosely) but he’s been overworked and it showed in last night’s game. He did allow four runs early but he settled in and worked up to the eighth inning.
In the eighth Kluber allowed the winning run to score after the game had been tied at four. Manager Terry Francona has had this happen a lot. The starters in the Indians rotations work deeper than they should into games.
This happened the last time the Indians played the Yankees. Mike Clevinger worked over 100 pitches and ended up walking the first two batters to lose the game. A lot of this can be attributed to the bullpen.
The Indians starters work longer into games because the bullpen is unreliable. Trevor Bauer worked eight innings with 112 pitches on Tuesday. It didn’t affect his performance but the bullpen couldn’t even handle one inning with a four-run lead.
Obviously the bullpen is an issue that needs fixing. But if this trend continues, the starters may not be in the best of shape when the playoffs arrive. For now, the only price is not seeing our ace in the All-Star Game.