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Update on Raburn, Myers, Kluber Injuries

Several updates on Cleveland Indians that have been out of action for varying periods of time were released this afternoon. First (and of the highest importance), outfielder Ryan Raburn has been out of action since Sunday with a right calf injury. Word came today, however, that he is also battling an Achilles’ issue in his left foot. If it extends past the weekend, he would likely head to the DL.

Starting pitcher Corey Kluber and his right middle finger are back on the mend. The Captain is supposed to throw a bullpen session off the mound on Monday. Kluber last pitched on August 5th, when he did not allow a run in 7 1/3 innings against the Tigers. Getting Kluber back for the final few weeks of the season would be a huge boost for the rotation as he was pitching like the team’s number two starter for most of the summer.

Finally, the forgotten starter, Brett Myers, is back with his second attempt to return from an elbow injury this season. Myers was to be transitioned to a bullpen role, and he will make a start for Akron tonight. It will be his first appearance in nearly two months.

With Josh Tomlin currently rehabbing in the minors as well, Carlos Carrasco working in spot starts and out of the bullpen, and 13 pitchers on staff, the Indians have had some decisions to make for the stretch run of the rotation.

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  • Matt S

    Well, if Tomlin/Myers/Kluber come back after Sept 1, then everyone is postseason eligible and they don’t have to demote anyone to Columbus/Akron since the rosters would be expanded. I would not be surprised if this ended up being the case, and Francona ended up being able to pick from a good-sized list for his possible postseason rotation/bullpen. If everyone gets healthy, we could have a 4-man rotation of Masterson, Kluber, Salazar and McAllister (or replace Salazar with Kazmir and move Salazar to the bullpen).

    Similarly, if Raburn has to make a quick DL trip, it allows them to call up a position player to potentially be the 4th bench batter for the postseason (as it’s unlikely you’d need 13 pitchers with so many days between games). That could be Cord Phelps. Rumor has is that Jose Ramirez is also under consideration for such a role.

  • Natedawg86

    Did Meyers get an arm transplant?

  • Bad Brad

    Ummmmm…Please leave Myers in AA or A ball….He is complete garbage. And Unless he actually did get an arm transplant, he is worthy of nothing