Indians put Kluber on injured list, star’s return unclear

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Indians placed star pitcher Corey Kluber on the injured list with a broken right arm that will sideline him indefinitely.

Kluber sustained a non-displaced fracture of his ulna bone on Wednesday night when he was hit by a line drive against Miami. He underwent further imaging test on Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic, and the results confirmed the diagnosis.

The Indians said Kluber does not need surgery for now. He will be re-examined in three to four weeks.

Kluber’s loss is a major blow to the Indians, who trail Minnesota in the AL Central and haven’t been hitting. Cleveland is missing two starters from one of baseball’s best rotations as Mike Clevinger remains out with a strained back muscle.

The 33-year-old Kluber was not pitching up to his standards early this season, but the right-hander is still the club’s ace and a leader.

Cleveland recalled reliever Jon Edwards.

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