Torn muscle might be end of Klu­ber in ’20

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

Two-time Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award win­ner Corey Klu­ber could be done for the sea­son af­ter only one in­ning for the Rangers.

An MRI exam Mon­day re­vealed a tear in a small muscle in Klu­ber’s right shoul­der that won’t re­quire surgery, but, even in the best-case sce­nario in this short­ened sea­son, he won’t throw again for at least four weeks.

“It’s a blow, there’s no get­ting around it,” team pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Jon Daniels said.

Klu­ber, 34, was pulled af­ter one in­ning Sun­day against the Rockies.

The Rangers didn’t im­me­di­ately make a ros­ter move be­cause they had Mon­day off. Daniels said young left-han­der Kolby Al­lard, who’s al­ready on the 30-man ros­ter af­ter nine starts as a rookie last sea­son, will fill Klu­ber’s spot in the ro­ta­tion.

Roy­als roar back to blis­ter Tigers

Maikel Franco hit two of the Roy­als’ six home runs as they pounded the Tigers 14-6, spoil­ing a fan-free home opener in Detroit.

Whit Mer­ri­field had three hits and three RBI, fin­ish­ing a triple shy of the cy­cle on a night when the Roy­als ral­lied from an early 5-1 deficit. Foster Grif­fin (1-0) won in relief but had to leave his ma­jor-league de­but with a strained left fore­arm.

The Tigers’ Michael Ful­mer al­lowed three homers in his first start back from Tommy John surgery. He al­lowed four runs and five hits in 2⅔ in­nings af­ter miss­ing the whole 2019 sea­son.

In other games of note . . .

Hunter Ren­froe home­red twice, and Rays pitch­ers set a team nine-in­ning record with 19 strike­outs in a 14-5 romp over the vis­it­ing Braves. Braves starter Mike Foltynewic­z (0-1), an All-Star in 2018, gave up six runs, four hits and four walks in 3 ⅓ in­nings and was put on waivers af­ter the game.

† Fer­nando Tatis Jr.’s bases-clear­ing triple high­lighted a five-run rally that car­ried the host Padres past the Di­a­mond­backs 6-2, giv­ing them three of four vic­to­ries in their open­ing se­ries.

† Teoscar Her­nan­dez hit two of the Blue Jays’ four solo homers off Ani­bal Sanchez, which ac­counted for all their scor­ing in a 4-1 vic­tory over the host Na­tion­als.

Ex-Cub Collins opts out

Rockies left-handed pitcher Tim Collins, who did not make the Open­ing Day ros­ter, is the sec­ond player in the or­ga­ni­za­tion to opt out of the sea­son, fol­low­ing out­fielder Ian Desmond. Collins threw 8⅔ in­nings for the Cubs last sea­son.

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