Indians ace and reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start against the Tigers with a hamstring injury.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kluber suffered the injury while running in the outfield between starts and “will miss at least a week and it’s not known if he’ll pitch again this year.”
Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar have each been moved up one day in the rotation and for now the Indians haven’t named a starter for Sunday.
Kluber’s win-loss record is ugly thanks to awful run support, but he has a 3.41 ERA in a league-high 200 innings with a fantastic 219/38 K/BB ratio.
Baseball is an Olympic sport once again and USA Baseball begins the road to qualifying for the 2020 Games in just a couple of weeks. They’ll be doing it with a new manager, though, as current team USA manager Joe Girardi has stepped down from the role in order to concentrate on his quest to return to managing in the big leagues.
Girardi has interviewed for the Cubs job already and is candidate for the openings with the Mets and the Phillies. His stepping down from the Olympic job suggests that he thinks he stands a pretty good chance of getting one of the seven current openings around the game. Or, at the very least, that he wishes to show clubs with openings that he’s serious.
Girardi will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who was poised to be Girardi’s bench coach with Team USA.
The team begins training in Arizona on October 21. It begins playing qualifier games in early November in Mexico. Eventually, the 2020 Olympic Games will feature a six-nation field.