Indians’ ace hits bump in the road

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s comeback has been sidetracked.

The Cleveland Indians ace will be shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained as he was rehabbing from a broken arm.

Kluber was pulled from a minor league outing for Triple-A Columbus at Charlotte on Sunday after one scoreless inning because of abdominal tightness. It was his third rehab start as he tries to return from the injury, and he was scheduled to throw 80-85 pitches. If everything had gone well, it was possible he could have rejoined the Indians’ rotation this week or soon after.

Instead, he returned to Cleveland, and the team said imaging tests confirmed the strain.

Kluber won’t throw for two weeks before he’s re-examined and a plan is formulated. The two-time Cy Young Award winner hopes to be part of Cleveland’s playoff push.

Francona said Kluber was examined Monday by Indians head team physician Mark Schickendantz and also was scheduled to see team physician Jason Genin.

“to see if there’s anything they feel they can do to maybe speed it up.”

Kluber hasn’t pitched for the three-time defending AL Central champions since May 1. He was struck by a line drive at Miami and fractured his ulna.

The right-hander went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA during the regular season in 2018, but struggled in the playoffs for the second straight year. He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and 2017.

Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow is out for the year following another setback in his recovery from right elbow surgery, according to team president Theo Epstein.

Morrow, who hasn’t pitched in a game since July 2018, had the arthroscopic procedure last November.

The Cubs signed Morrow to a two-year, $21 million deal in December 2017. He had 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 35 appearances in the first half of the 2018 season before the elbow issue flared up.

The team holds a $12 million option for 2020 (with a $3 million buyout), so it’s unlikely the 35-year-old will return next season even if healthy.

Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain.

Catcher Alex Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the team’s game against the Miami Marlins.

McCann left Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over the Marlins after the third inning due to soreness in the knee. Tests on Wednesday revealed the sprain.

The 23-year-old Jackson, who has hit .224 with 25 homers at Gwinnett, is making his second appearance of the season in Atlanta. He had no hits in 10 at-bats in three games from April 8-18 when McCann was out with a strained right hamstring.

Colorado Rockies

PHOENIX (AP) — The Colorado Rockies on Wednesday placed starting pitcher Jon Gray on the 60-day injured list because of a left foot fracture, ending his season.

The 27-year-old Gray is 11-8 with a 3.84 ERA this season. The right-hander was scheduled to start the series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He was coming off eight scoreless innings of five-hit ball in his last start on Aug. 16 against Miami.

Gray made 25 starts and struck out 150 batters in 150 innings this season.

The Rockies called up Tim Melville from Triple- A Albuquerque to make the start Wednesday in Arizona.