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Corey Kluber exits game after taking line drive off elbow

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Update (10:07 PM ET): Kluber has a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone, The Athletic’s Zack Meisel reports.

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Indians pitcher Corey Kluber was forced to leave Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins in the fifth inning after taking a 102 MPH Brian Anderson line drive off of his pitching elbow.

Kluber hit Curtis Granderson with a pitch to start the inning, then got two outs on strikeout-caught stealing with Miguel Rojas batting. Overall, Kluber allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings on the evening.

The Indians should pass along an update on Kluber’s status later tonight.

Kluber, 33, entered Wednesday’s start with a 5.81 ERA and a 35/15 K/BB ratio in 31 innings spanning six starts on the season.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.