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Corey Kluber to return from hamstring strain Thursday

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Some good news here for the Indians, who can’t be entirely ruled out of the American League Wild Card race at 4 1/2 games back.

Indians manager Terry Francona told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com on Tuesday that ace right-hander Corey Kluber has been cleared to return to the starting rotation Thursday against the Royals after missing two turns with a strained strained right hamstring. Kluber hasn’t made a start since August 29.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner owns a 3.41 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 219/38 K/BB ratio in 200 1/3 innings (28 starts) this season for Cleveland.

Bryce Harper leaves game after ugly collision; initial concussion tests negative

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Scary scene in Miami on Sunday afternoon when Bryce Harper went down in a heap after colliding with Derek Dietrich of the Marlins at second base on a soft grounder from Jayson Werth.

You can watch the play at MLB.com.

Harper looked to be dazed as trainers tended to him and he later acknowledged to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post that he experienced some initial dizziness, but the first round of concussion tests have come back negative.

The 22-year-old National League MVP frontrunner will undergo further concussion tests Monday ahead of the Nationals’ series opener at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Harper grounded into a fielder’s choice in his only at-bat Sunday. The Nationals wound up winning 5-0, but they’re still a whopping 9 1/2 games back of the Mets in the NL East.

Blue Jays hoping Troy Tulowitzki can return in 2-3 weeks

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Via John Lott of Canada’s National Post

While there is no absolute certainty on the recovery time for Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays’ medical staff is “cautiously optimistic” that he could return in action in two to three weeks, general manager Alex Anthopoulos says.

Tulowitzki suffered a crack in his left shoulder blade and severe upper back bruising Saturday in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar. There should be a better read on Tulo’s exact recovery timetable when he’s reevaluated later this week.

“Not everyone heals the same way,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters Sunday morning. “It’s a very small crack. There’s a lot of bleeding internally that needs to subside at this point. I really think after the Atlanta series (the team’s next stop), we’ll have more of a feel to see how well he is doing.”

Tulowitzki has hit just .232/.314/.368 in 39 games since the Blue Jays acquired him from the Rockies, but it’ll be a tough blow if the star shortstop is not able to make it back by early October.