It was reported on Wednesday that Corey Kluber, the star right-handed starter from the Indians, broke his right forearm after being hit by a line drive hit by Brian Anderson in a game against the Miami Marlins. Anderson, a 26-year-old third baseman, is hitting .252 on the season on 111 at-bats.
“It happened so quick, I couldn’t tell where he got hit,”
said Roberto Perez, the Indians‘ catcher. “I saw him holding his arm. It was tough.” Kluber still fielded the ball but had to stab with his glove rather than transfer it to his pitching hand. “It stinks, you know? He’s our ace. We’re going to miss him.” added Perez.
Kluber’s stats currently stand at a 2-3 record, and he sports a 5.80 ERA. Calling this season a struggle for the two-time Cy-Young winner would likely be considered an understatement. While the team did mention that the break is non-displaced, Kluber will be re-evaluated today, after which the team will have a better idea of how long he will be out, although many would likely assume he will be out the majority of the season, if not the entire season.
While the Indians have been dominating their division, the AL Central, for the last few years, they currently sit in second place. They are 16-13, 2.5 games behind the 18-10 Twins. With the 13-15 White Sox playing a four-game series against the downtrending Red Sox this weekend, this division could look a lot different when next week comes.
This weekend, Cleveland hosts the 18-15 Seattle Mariners for three games before the White Sox come to town for a four-game series starting Monday.
Cleveland’s next game is on Friday, where they begin their series with the Mariners. Shane Bieber is slated to get the start.