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Indians notes: Corey Kluber expected to be sidelined for at least a month

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    Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) walks with head athletic trainer James Quinlan, center, and catcher Roberto Perez (55) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday in Miami. Kluber was hit on the right arm by a line drive hit by Miami Marlins' Brian Anderson.

    LYNNE SLADKY / AP

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CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Corey Kluber will remain in a cast for three weeks and will be sidelined for at least a month, according to Indians manager Terry Francona.

Francona would not speculate any further on a timetable for Kluber’s return to the rotation.

“We really try to stay away from guessing like that,” he said. “No. 1, it doesn’t help. And two it’s not really fair to the player. Bones need to heal. They have an approximation, because they’re really good at what they do — the doctors — but, that’s why we’re going to have it looked at approximately once a week just to see the healing.   

“After approximately three weeks, the cast comes off. We’ll see where the healing is and then what the doctors say moving forward he’s able to do.”

Kluber was placed on the injured list Friday after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his right forearm Wednesday in Miami when he was struck by a 102-mph line drive off the bat of Brian Anderson. 

“It looked so direct. At that point, you’re so much more worried about the player than what, how we’re going (to deal with it), Francona said. “We always feel like we’ll figure it out. You just feel terrible for the player.”

Francona said Kluber, who was off to the worst start of his career -- 5.80 ERA over seven starts and 15 walks over 35 2/3 innings -- is handling the setback well. 

“He just said, ‘This is the hand I was dealt. Gotta play it,”’ Francona said. “My guess is — it’s not a guess — when they give him the go-ahead to do something, he’ll do it like crazy. Whether it’s lower-half (of his body) or whatever, he’ll get after it like he always does.”

In the wake of the Kluber injury, Francona was set to address his team prior to the series opener with Seattle on Friday.

“Just to remind guys who we are, what we stand for,” he said. “One of the first things I tell them at spring training is how we handle adversity kind of defines how your season goes. Now we’re getting it thrown at us. This can be our time to shine or we can feel sorry for ourselves and lose.”

New guy

Right-hander Cody Anderson will get the first shot at replacing Kluber in the rotation, making his first start of the season in the series finale with Seattle on Sunday.

Anderson is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2017, appearing in three games for the Indians (three earned runs in five innings) and tossing six scoreless innings in two starts for Triple-A Columbus -- and will be on a pitch count.

-- Adam Plutko will also be an option moving forward. The right-hander, who opened the season on the injured list with a right forearm strain, is set to leave extended spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., to join Columbus.    

Comeback Clev

Right-hander Mike Clevinger played catch from 90 feet prior to Friday’s game. He’s on the 60-day injured list with an upper-back strain and can’t be activated until June 6, but Clevinger is progressing quickly.

“I just think it’s amazing that he’s doing as well as he is and it sure makes the glass look more half-full than half-empty when you see him out there doing it,” Francona said. “But again, we’ll do it right and he’ll have milestones to accomplish and then move on, and that’s what he’ll do.”

Familiar faces

Former Indians and current Mariners, Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce, returned to Progressive Field.

Encarnacion, who hit 70 home runs and drove in 214 runs during his two seasons in Cleveland (2017-18), was batting .231 with eight homers and 20 RBIs through Thursday.

Bruce, who hit .248 with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 43 games after joining the Indians at the trading deadline in 2017, entered Friday batting .187 with 17 RBIs and a team-leading nine homers over 26 games.     

Roundin’ third

Francisco Lindor was presented with his Silver Slugger award in a pre-game ceremony. Lindor became the first shortstop in MLB history with at least 35 homers, 40 doubles and 20 stolen bases in a single season, winning the award for the second straight year. ... With the Indians’ win Tuesday in Miami, Francona (2013-present) tied Eric Wedge (2003-09) for the fifth-most managerial wins in franchise history at 561. Francona’s .562 winning percentage through Thursday ranked second behind Al Lopez (.617). Lou Boudreau (1942-50) owns the franchise record for managerial wins with 728 -- seven more than Mike Hargrove (1991-99). ... Saturday, 4:10, STO, WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM. Carrasco (2-3, 5.86) vs. Leake (2-3, 4.98). 

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7136 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him @CAwesomeheimer on Twitter.


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