CLEVELAND, OH – Corey Kluber returned to the hill for the first time since May 1, launching a rehab for the Columbus Clippers on Thursday.
He allowed two runs and two hits, both solo homer. in three innings of work against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Kluber threw 41 pitches [24 strikes]. His fastball reached a top speed of 150 km / h, which is a good sign, considering that he has not played a real game for more than three months.
"Over time, I started to feel better," Kluber said Somehow, it felt better out there.
Kluber admitted that he was not as aggressive as he needed to be to start the game. He settled in the last five fights and retired.
The two-time Cy Young award winner suffered a right forearm fracture against Miami on May 1
Kluber faced twelve battles that day. He took a step and knocked out two.
The Indians are confident that Kluber can return to the big leagues by the end of August.
"I can see the light at the end of the tunnel," he said. "It's fun to get out there and compete, regardless of whether it's a rehab start or a real game, so hopefully I can keep improving things."