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Corey Kluber Elbow Injury After Taking 102 MPH Line Drive Diagnosed as Fracture

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2019

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 10:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians looks on during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians defeated the Tigers 9-2.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber suffered a scary injury during Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins and had to leave immediately.

ESPN's Buster Olney noted Kluber exited after he was hit in the right elbow by a 102 mph line drive off the bat of Brian Anderson.

Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reported Kluber suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna and will be re-evaluated on Thursday. 

Kluber put together another excellent season in 2018. He finished 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 3.12 FIP in 33 starts, per FanGraphs. His 5.5 WAR was tied for seventh-highest among pitchers.

Consistency and durability have been hallmarks for the veteran right-hander since he had his Cy Young breakthrough in 2014. According to FanGraphs, he ranked second in innings pitched (1,091.1) and fifth in FIP (2.84) between 2014 and 2018.

While Kluber's injury is obviously a concern for the Indians, Cleveland has other talented options in its starting rotation. Trevor Bauer finished sixth in the American League Cy Young voting a season ago, and Carlos Carrasco is coming off an excellent year as well.

Assuming Kluber will be placed on the injured list, the Indians could turn to Cody Anderson as a spot starter. Injuries have hit a number of Cleveland's starting pitchers over the past few years, so shuffling the rotation isn't an unfamiliar spot for manager Terry Francona.   

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