Thank god it’s only May 3rd.
Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber is heading to the 10-day disabled list with lower back discomfort. He left the game early Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers.
The Indians have called up Joe Colon to take Kluber’s roster spot. In nine appearances with Columbus he has three saves and a 0.87 ERA. He made eleven appearances for the Indians last year posting a 1-3 record with a 7.20 ERA.
Kluber lasted just three innings and it wasn’t a great start before he got pulled. He gave up seven hits and five earned runs and took the loss as Detroit won 5-2.
In six starts this season, Kluber is 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA. He’s struck out 41 batters and only walked 13.
Being on the 10-day disabled list, he’ll likely miss two starts and the Indians will likely call up a starting pitcher from Triple-A Columbus.
The most likely option is Mike Clevinger who in six starts this season is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA. He’s struck out 32 batters and only walked 10 in 30 innings pitched. He appeared in seventeen games (10 starts) last season for the Indians and went 3-3 with a 5.26 ERA.
Another option is Ryan Merritt, the winning pitcher that clinched the American League pennant in Game 5 against Toronto last October. He’s made five appearances (4 starts) in Columbus this season, posting a 2-2 record with a 4.82 ERA. He’s struck out 24 and walked 11 in 28 innings pitched.