Dodgers reliever Tom Koehler was forced off the mound in the third inning of Friday’s Dodgers/White Sox game after suffering what appeared to be a right shoulder injury. While the extent of the injury has yet to be revealed, manager Dave Roberts said the right-hander felt some tightness in his biceps and will undergo an MRI.
It’s an alarming injury for any pitcher, but more so for Koehler, who has a history of shoulder injuries and was sidelined for nearly a month last season after experiencing a bout of bursitis in his right shoulder. The 31-year-old righty was signed to a one-year, $2 million deal back in December and figures to supplant Brandon Morrow in a multi-inning relief role this spring.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.