The Indians are going to shut ace Corey Kluber down for the next week after giving him an injection in his right knee.
Kluber has an 5.03 ERA over his last six starts and the Indians say it’s the knee that is bugging him, leading to his mechanics being messed up. That week shutdown — which straddles the All-Star break — really does nothing more than (a) push his next start back a bit without him missing a full turn; and (b) keeps him from pitching in the All-Star Game. He is expected to be back in time for the club’s fourth game after the break on July 23 against the Pirates.
Kluber being shut down opens up a position on the AL All-Star team, and that position has been given to Blake Snell, who before this was considered the biggest snub of the Midsummer Classic. He is a snub no more.
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.