Cleveland Indians: No good news when it comes to Corey Kluber

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Cleveland Indians fans may have been relying on Corey Kluber’s return at some point in September. That does not appear to be happening.

About a month ago I was optimistic about a September featuring the returns of both Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber.

The former has indeed made his return as a member of the Cleveland Indians bullpen. Kluber is still out with no definitive timetable for a return.

Kluber suffered a broken arm on May 1. Once that injury healed he began to make rehab starts until the bad news struck on August 20. He was removed from a Triple-A start with an oblique strain. That was the last time he was on the mound.

A recent article, written by Sarah Wexler, went through and shared some Indians injury updates. Kluber’s was less than uplifting:

"Right-hander Corey Kluber is still not working out on land since experiencing a setback with his oblique last month. Kluber, who hasn’t pitched in a game since fracturing his right ulna (forearm) on May 1, continues to be limited to water-based exercises."

Uh, not being able to work out on land? That is not a good sign for a human being.

This is obviously bad news for Kluber’s chances of returning this year. I also wonder if he would earn a roster spot in October after missing so much time. I want to say I doubt he would get a spot, but this is one of the best pitchers in Indians history we are talking about.

For now I won’t even dive into such a topic. At least not until Kluber is actually able to work out on land. That seems like a basic qualification to even begin discussing a potential return. The rehab process is also a bit more complicated now that the minor league seasons are over.

Next. Interesting schedule change for the home finale. dark

If he does come back it would only be as a member of the bullpen. Having him and Carrasco in the bullpen in October would certainly be a make or break decision for Terry Francona.