The Cleveland Indians were dealt a huge blow on Wednesday when star pitcher Corey Kluber was forced to leave his start against the Miami Marlins after suffering a fractured right forearm.
Kluber, a two-time winner of the AL Cy Young Award and the anchor of Cleveland’s staff, will be forced to miss a large chunk of time as he waits for his pitching forearm to heal.
The injury compounds existing injury problems in the team’s rotation, as Mike Clevinger is already on the injured list with a back problem that will keep him sidelined until June.
Kluber suffered the injury after Marlins right fielder Brian Anderson hit a line drive at 103 mph towards the pitcher. The ball gave his forearm a direct hit, and Kluber left the game immediately after being examined by team trainers.
The team announced after the game that the 33-year-old had suffered a non-displaced ulna fracture and that it was still unclear how much time he would have to miss.
The Indians ended up losing the game 4-2 to the cellar-dwelling Marlins, turning the night from bad to worse.
Cleveland must now dig deep into their pitching depth in order to replace Kluber, and they’ll hope that he will be able to come back before the end of the season.