Corey Kluber to make rehab start for Columbus

The two-time Cy Young Award winner continues to make progress

James Rapien
August 03, 2019 - 6:23 pm

CLEVELAND, OH – Corey Kluber will start for Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. It'll be his first time on the mound since he suffered a broken forearm on May 1 against the Miami Marlins.

Kluber threw a simulated game on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. He tossed 35 pitches to three different hitters – Logan Ice, Nellie Rodriguez and Andruw Monasterio from the Akron RubberDucks.

He tossed two innings – 35 pitches total. It’s a step in the right direction for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who hasn’t pitched since May 1.

“I thought it went really well. He warmed up like he would for a regular game,” manager Terry Francona said. “His velocity sat around 88 or 89 mph. I was kind of surprised that he was actually at that point just because the lack of what he’s been doing for three months. His breaking ball at times looked really good.”

The Indians are taking it slow with Kluber, hoping to avoid any setbacks along the way. The 33-year-old has worked tirelessly to get back on the field. He looks noticeably leaner than he did earlier in the season. 

“I thought it went good – [My] first time facing hitters in however long,” Kluber said. “Visually, a little weird for me, [for] the first hitter or two. But for where I was at, I was happy with how I felt. Haven't seen how stuff-wise I was yet, but I think I was where I'd like to have been.”The Indians traded Trevor Bauer on Wednesday, which means they’re banking on Kluber’s return.

If Kluber avoids any setbacks, he could return to the big leagues later this month. 

Sent to Tampa

Danny Salazar was diagnosed with a mild groin strain after undergoing an MRI on Friday. The 29-year-old will go home to Tampa Bay for rehab. The Indians placed him on the 10-day injured list.

Salazar allowed two runs in four innings in Thursday’s start against the Astros. It was his first big league appearance since October 9, 2017.