Corey Kluber Suffers Ankle Injury vs. Royals

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2017

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on April 21, 2017 at Guaranteed Rate Field  in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is dealing with injury issues again after leaving Friday's start against the Kansas City Royals with a sprained right ankle, according to's Paul Hoynes

Hoynes later noted Kluber did not suffer a high ankle sprain and could potentially make his next start. 

Kluber previously spent time on the disabled list in May due to discomfort in his back.

Injuries haven't been much of an issue over the past few seasons, though, as he transformed into one of the most consistent pitchers in the sport. He has made at least 32 starts with 215 innings pitched in each of the last three years.

The 31-year-old won one Cy Young Award in this stretch, finishing ninth and third in voting in the other two seasons. He has led the league in FIP twice in the last three seasons.

Kluber was also key in the Indians' playoff run in 2016 as a steady force with various injuries around him in the rotation. He tallied a 4-1 record and a 1.83 ERA in six starts while helping lead the team to the American League pennant. 

He has followed up his great postseason by going 11-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 0.909 WHIP. 

Unfortunately, an injury appears to have slowed him down again. Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and others will try to carry the rotation in the meantime.