Klu­ber in, Kip­nis out

The Morning Call - - MLB -

The In­di­ans wasted no time on one of their big­gest off­sea­son de­ci­sions: Bring­ing back Corey Klu­ber was a no-brainer.

The In­di­ans said they in­tend to ex­er­cise Klu­ber’s $17.5 mil­lion con­tract op­tion for next sea­son, when the two-time Cy Young Award win­ner is ex­pected to be healthy — and maybe re­ju­ve­nated — fol­low­ing an in­jury-short­ened 2019.

Klu­ber made only seven starts be­fore a line drive broke his right arm. The 33-year-old en­dured months of in­ac­tiv­ity and re­hab and was near­ing a re­turn when a strained oblique mus­cle set him back.

Team pres­i­dent Chris An­tonetti also said the team plans to de­cline op­tions on sec­ond base­man Ja­son Kip­nis ($16.5 mil­lion) and re­liever Dan Otero ($1.5 mil­lion). Kip­nis, 32, who has spent his en­tire nine-year ca­reer with the In­di­ans, would get a $2.5 mil­lion buy­out. Otero would re­ceive a $100,000 buy­out.

Auto rac­ing: Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing pro­moted 2018 NASCAR Xfin­ity champ Tyler Red­dick to the Cup se­ries for next sea­son. Red­dick, 23, will re­place Daniel Hem­ric.

Col­lege foot­ball: The Big Ten sus­pended DL Khalil Davis for Nebraska’s game against North­west­ern on Satur­day. Davis struck an Ohio State player dur­ing last week­end’s blowout loss. No penalty was called.

Golf: World No. 1 and four-time ma­jor champ Brooks Koepka had stem cell treat­ment on the patella in his left knee dur­ing the short PGA Tour off­sea­son. Kopeka, 29, who won three times last sea­son and re­turns to com­pe­ti­tion this week in Las Ve­gas, said his knee “was bug­ging him from about March on” and that the last four months were “a strug­gle.”

Soccer: Mo­hamed Salah scored in the 69th minute to lift de­fend­ing Cham­pi­ons League champ and English Pre­mier League leader Liver­pool to a 4-3 win over vis­it­ing FC Salzburg. In other group-play ac­tion, Luis Suarez scored in the 58th and 84th min­utes to help rally two-time de­fend­ing La Liga champ and host Barcelona to a 2-1 win over In­ter Mi­lan.

WNBA: Mys­tics F Elena Delle Donne was di­ag­nosed with a her­ni­ated disk in her back, leav­ing her sta­tus up in the air for Game 3 of the league fi­nals Satur­day. Delle Donne, the league MVP, left Tues­day night’s loss to the Sun in the first quar­ter.

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