Kluber in, Kipnis out
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.
— News services