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Kluber to start on Wednesday night against Yankees

Kluber to start on Wednesday night against Yankees
April 10, 2013
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The Indians have yet to make an official announcement on who will start tonight's game against the Yankees, but right-handed pitcher Corey Kluberis en route to Cleveland and will start the game tonight if it is played.

Kluber, 27, has made one start for Triple-A Columbus going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits, one walk and piling up four strikeouts. Over the last two seasons he has appeared in 15 games (12 starts) at the Major League level for the Indians and gone 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA, and in 67.1 innings has allowed 82 hits, 21 walks and has 59 strikeouts.

With right-hander Carlos Carrasco’s ejection last night and then tonight’s probable starter right-hander Brett Myers having to be used in long relief, it opened up a need for a starter tonight. The Indians could have moved right-hander Zach McAllister up a day to start tonight since he would then be pitching on normal rest, but then they would need a starter for Thursday. Pushing up right-hander Justin Masterson a day to Thursday and pitching him on short rest would not make sense this early in the season, especially with the start and good routine he is off to, which is why a spot start from Kluber is needed.

The only solution for Wednesday was Kluber. Right-hander Trevor Bauer was just optioned out and cannot be recalled for ten days, and right-hander Diasuke Matsuzaka is not yet an option. The Indians are expected to option out Carrasco and add Kluber to the roster before Wednesday’s game.

It is also possible that before tomorrow’s game that the Indians option out Kluber (or Carrasco if the game is rained out) and bring up an extra reliever to use for the next several days. With an off day on Monday, the Indians would have no need for a fifth starter until April 20th in Houston.

By then lefty Scott Kazmir is expected to be back. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 17th and provided he does not have any setbacks and is ready, could get a start any date between April 17th and April 20th depending on how the Indians set the rotation after the off day on Monday.

The Indians have yet to officially announce Kluber as tonight’s starter, though this is mostly because of the inclement weather in the area that could result in the game being postponed. They will likely wait until the last possible minute to announce the move in order to avoid making an unneeded transaction if the game is rained out.

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User Comments

April 10, 2013 - 6:43 PM EDT
I think Kluber is already a better pitcher than Myers and Jimenez. I like his simple, clean, low maintenance delivery and ability to pitch every 5th day. While I don't think he would ever win a Cy Young award, I firmly believe he has the top side of a good #3. Some players take longer to develop, and I believe he is one of them.
April 10, 2013 - 2:04 PM EDT
Francona made a good point at the end of spring training in that Kluber needs to throw both his cutter and slider to be effective as a starter, with the cutter only being used 10 or so times a game. We'll see if it helps, but to this point Kluber's performance hasn't matched his potential as a BOR innings-eater.
April 10, 2013 - 1:27 PM EDT
kluber is simply put a STIFF. He never has dominated at any level good enough just to get promoted i dont care if he gets a lot of k's. If we have stooped to this level for starters than the teams era is indicative to the talent level we have in rotation. lets see in the second year at both AA and AAA he has had era in mid 3 range not dominate numbers for sure. as long as we keep sending garbage out to the mound like corey kluber
we are gonna not accomplish anything kluber is merely excess filler not someone you want pitching against the yankees on about the 10th day of the season. To me he is merely a body to send out to get lit up. almost like the bum of the week winner.
April 10, 2013 - 1:05 PM EDT
I hope they option Carrasco and keep Kluber until Kazmir is ready to come off the DL. It's so painfully obvious that Carrasco is not ready for the majors physically or mentally. Kluber may not have Carrasco's upside, but I would much, much rather see him coming into a long relief situation. Send Carrasco down and bring up Hagadone.

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