The former two-time Cy Young Award winner and current Texan Rangers starter Corey Kluber, will be shut down for four weeks. Kluber was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain in his shoulder, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. According to Wilson, Kluber, if he doers return in the shortened season, would likely see time as a reliever if he returns.
Kluber only lasted one inning in his Rangers debut and first start in 15 months, throwing just 18 pitches before leaving with shoulder tightness. On May 1st of last season, Kluber took a line drive off his forearm, causing a fracture and then when he tried to return in August, he was shut down with a strained oblique.
The Rangers will likely turn to lefty Kolby Allard, who will take Kluber’s spot in the rotation. Allard was once a top prospect but looked to be set as a long reliever this season. He’ll get a chance to turn around his fortunes while Kluber looks like he will lose another year before trying for a comeback in 2021.