Klu­ber shut down for 2 weeks

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In­di­ans ace Corey Klu­ber has been shut down for two weeks with an in­ter­nal oblique strain, an in­jury he sus­tained dur­ing his come­back from a bro­ken arm.

Klu­ber was pulled from a mi­nor league start for Triple-A Colum­bus at Char­lotte on Sun­day af­ter one in­ning be­cause of ab­dom­i­nal tight­ness. He re­turned to Cleve­land and the team said imag­ing tests con­firmed the strain.

The In­di­ans said Tues­day the two-time Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award win­ner will not throw for two weeks be­fore he’s re-ex­am­ined and a plan is for­mu­lated.

Klu­ber hasn’t pitched in the ma­jors since May 1. He was struck by a line drive against the Mar­lins in Mi­ami and frac­tured his ulna.

The right-han­der hopes to be part of the In­di­ans’ play­off push. The twotime AL Cen­tral champs be­gan Tues­day two games back of the Twins in the divi­sion but first in the AL wild-card race.

Klu­ber was be­ing stretched out and likely was close to be­ing able to re­turn to the In­di­ans ro­ta­tion had his re­hab out­ing Sun­day gone well.

He went 20-7 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son in 2018, but he strug­gled in the play­offs for the sec­ond straight year.

With Klu­ber side­lined, Car­los Car­rasco on the in­jured list af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and Trevor Bauer dealt to the Reds, the In­di­ans ro­ta­tion has been manned by All-Star Shane Bieber, Mike Clevinger, Zach Ple­sac, Aaron Ci­vale and Adam Plutko.

Car­rasco is sched­uled to ap­pear in a re­hab out­ing for Dou­ble-A Akron on Thurs­day.

DAVID J. PHILLIP/AP

Two-time Cy Young win­ner Corey Klu­ber hasn’t pitched in the ma­jors since May 1.

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