Indians right-hander Corey Kluber was scratched from his scheduled start last Friday due to a strained right hamstring, but he’s working toward his return.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Kluber did some agility drills and a long-toss session today at Progressive Field. The plan calls for him to throw a bullpen session on Friday, after which the Indians will discuss how to proceed. It’s possible he could rejoin the rotation next week.
Kluber’s secondary numbers aren’t too far off from his AL Cy Young Award campaign from last year, but he’s currently 8-13 with a 3.41 ERA over 28 starts this season. A big reason for that is lack of help from his offense. Only five qualified pitchers in MLB have received less run support this season.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has only appeared in one game this month due to a back injury and now he might be done for the season.
Jay Paris of MLB.com reports that Alonso was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his back after undergoing a bone scan. He won’t be with the team at the start of their nine-game road trip and Padres assistant general manager Josh Stein said that there’s “an absolute possibility” he won’t make it back by the end of the season.
Alonso, 28, is batting .282/.361/.381 with five home runs and 31 RBI over 402 plate appearances this season. The former top prospect has never hit more than 10 home runs in a season in the majors, so he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a slugging first baseman, but he has shown an ability to hit for average and get on base when healthy. He’s making $1.65 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
The Mets and Braves are currently in a rain delay at Turner Field in Atlanta. By the looks of things, it is not the ideal setting for a baseball game to be played.
Check out the state of the field as of 7:12 p.m. ET, courtesy of Grant McAuley of 92.9 The Game…
Meanwhile, Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki tweeted out this video of water rushing back into the tunnel toward the clubhouse…
Noah Syndergaard is not the scheduled starter for the Mets tonight, which feels like a missed opportunity. The game will presumably be ready to play once arm floaties are distributed to the outfielders.
UPDATE: Things are looking much improved in Atlanta. There might be baseball tonight after all.