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Indians Won’t Rush Kluber Back; Pitching Probables for Series with Royals

CLEVELAND – It’s been over a week since Indians ace Corey Kluber was scratched from a scheduled start against the Tigers at Comerica Park with a sore hamstring.

While it appears he’s closer to getting back with the team and back to pitching, the club is not going to rush the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner back.

“We’re not going to do something we shouldn’t. If he’s ready, that’s one thing,” Indians manager Terry Francona said to the media today at Progressive Field.

The pitcher, who is 8-13 with a 3.41 in 28 starts this season, played long toss at the park today. He did some light running and agility drills Thursday afternoon to test out the hamstring working with pitching coach Mickey Calloway.

The team has released its pitching probables for their upcoming four-game set with the Royals at Progressive Field, and the team has left Wednesday as a ‘TBD,’ which could mean they feel Kluber could be ready to return for the third game of that series.

Here’s the probables for the four-game set as of now:

Mon September 14 v Kansas City, 7:10PM SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN

RHP Josh Tomlin vs. RHP Edinson Volquez

Tue September 15 v Kansas City, 7:10PM SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN

RHP Danny Salazar vs. RHP Kris Medlen

Wed September 16 v Kansas City, 7:10PM SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN

TBD vs. LHP Danny Duffy

Thur September 17 v Kansas City, 7:10PM SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN

RHP Cody Anderson vs. RHP Yordano Ventura

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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