Klu­ber forced to miss All-Star Game

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CLEVE­LAND — Corey Klu­ber’s stel­lar first half ended with a sud­den stop.

The In­di­ans ace re­ceived an in­jec­tion in his right knee Fri­day, one day af­ter he gave up two runs in the eighth in­ning and was beaten by the Yan­kees.

Klu­ber will miss the All-Star Game, but the team is hop­ing the in­jec­tion will al­low the two-time Cy Young Award win­ner to con­tinue lead­ing their ro­ta­tion af­ter the break — and be­yond.

The Amer­i­can League Cen­tral-lead­ing In­di­ans said Klu­ber will need at least one week to re­cover and is not ex­pected to make his next start un­til July 23 against the Pi­rates. He has been re­placed on the AL All-Star ros­ter by the Rays’ Blake Snell.

While Klu­ber’s knee is­sue doesn’t ap­pear to be se­ri­ous, the In­di­ans don’t want to take any chances. He said the knee has been both­er­ing him for a “few weeks.”

“I don’t want to use it as an ex­cuse, but it made it a lit­tle harder to con­sis­tently re­peat my de­liv­ery the way that I want to,” said Klu­ber, who has given up 19 runs over his last 34 in­nings.

“My arm ac­tion has been the same, but the re­lease point’s been lower.”

Man­ager Terry Fran­cona wants Klu­ber to be as close to 100 per­cent as pos­si­ble for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

“We’ve had this in the works for a while,” Fran­cona said. “We’ll bring him back fourth (in the ro­ta­tion) coming out of the break so he can have a lit­tle bit (more) of a break be­cause he’s go­ing to shoul­der a huge load.”

Said Klu­ber: “That’s why we de­cided to do it now. I would have liked to have pitched in the All-Star Game, but (look­ing at) the big pic­ture, be­ing healthy for the sec­ond half (of the sea­son) was more im­por­tant.”

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