Corey Kluber has fractured forearm

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Last night we wrote about how Indians pitcher Corey Kluber was forced to leave his start against the Marlins in the fifth inning after taking a 102 MPH Brian Anderson line drive off of his pitching arm. Now we know the extent of the injury. It’s bad.

Kluber was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone. It’s the outside of the two bones in your forearm. He’ll be reevaluated back in Cleveland today, but there is no doubt that he will be placed on the injured list, with his return more likely to be measured in months than weeks.

Kluber has had a rough start to his 2019 season — he has a 5.80 ERA, he has seen his walk rate spike and has been pretty hittable so far — but make no mistake, this is a big loss for Cleveland, which relies heavily on its pitching to get by.


Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.