Indians’ Kluber shut down 2 weeks with abdominal strain

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The Indians said that Kluber will not throw for two weeks before he's re-examined and a plan is formulated.

Cleveland Indians Starting Pitcher, Corey Kluber

In this May 1, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, right, leaves during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in Miami. Kluber was hit by a single hit by Marlins’ Brian Anderson. Kluber is hopeful he’ll be able to come back from a broken right arm and pitch again this season. The two-time Cy Young winner spoke Tuesday, May 7 for the first time since he was struck by a 102 mph line drive last weeki. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Indians ace Corey Kluber has been shut down for two weeks with an abdominal 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 Cy Young winner will not throw for two weeks before he’s re-examined and a plan is formulated. The right-hander hopes to be part of Cleveland’s playoff push.

Kluber hasn’t pitched for the three-time defending AL Central champions since May 1. He was struck by a line drive at Miami and fractured his ulna.

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

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