Corey Kluber Placed on IL with Fractured Ulna; Will Be Evaluated in 3-4 Weeks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2019

MIAMI, FL - MAY 01: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 1, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Cleveland starting pitcher Corey Kluber is heading to the 10-day injured list with a fractured ulna, according to Mandy Bell of MLB.com.

Per that report, "Kluber was evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic yesterday. X-rays and a CT scan confirmed the non-displaced fracture of his right ulna. He will be re-examined in 3-4 weeks. No surgery as of now."

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Kluber, 33, took a line drive off the arm during his appearance in Wednesday's 4-2 loss against the Miami Marlins, causing the injury. He left the game immediately. 

It's another blow for Cleveland in a season that has already seen several key players suffer injuries. Kluber is the team's ace, though the two-time Cy Young Award winner has struggled in 2019, going 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

With starting pitcher Mike Clevinger already on the 60-day injured list, the Tribe's rotation is growing thin. Cleveland called up reliever Jon Edwards to take Kluber's roster spot, while players like Jefry Rodriguez and Cody Anderson are the likely choices to fill out the rotation.

That's a tough spot for the 16-13 Tribe, who are currently three games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. Treading water while down two starting pitchers will be a challenge for Cleveland, though an important one to keep pace with the Twins heading into the meat of the season.