Corey Kluber to throw bullpen session as recovery continues

The 33-year-old broke his forearm in May

James Rapien
July 16, 2019 - 5:51 pm
Mar 28, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) looks on before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians 2-0. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODA

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Corey Kluber will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, his first since breaking the ulna bone in his right forearm on May 1. The 33-year-old will throw 20 fastballs from the mound.

“It’s a good step for him,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s a big step, it’s a good step. Now he won’t be going like every other day just because of what he’s been through.”

The Indians will give Kluber more rest than normal in between sessions for the first 10 days, in hopes of building his arm strength and avoiding any setbacks.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner has worked his tail off during his rehab, which caught the eye of his manager.

“If you saw his workouts, he amazes me,” Francona said. “How he can push himself when people aren’t around, it amazes me. The drive he has is incredible.”

While Kluber is pushing himself, he also knows he has to listen to the training staff to ensure he isn’t rushing back.

“He knows that we’re kind of already going pretty quickly, so he’ll be smart about it,” Francona said.

The Indians haven’t given a timetable for Kluber’s return, but mid-August seems like a realistic target. It would give him time to get a few starts under his belt and shake the rust off in hopes of giving the team a boost down the stretch.

The organization believes the injury could end up benefitting Kluber long-term. He’s carried them for many years and they’ve leaned on him. He pitched 1,091 regular season innings from 2014-2018. Kluber’s thrown at least 203.2 innings per season over that span.

The Indians are hoping the time away, even if it is due to injury, helps him come back stronger and rested, since he won’t throw 200+ innings this season. 

"Sometimes things happen and not for a reason, but you try to always turn something that was a negative into a positive,” Francona said.