Indians put Kluber on 10-day DL with back issue

Posted May 09, 2017

The team's ace lasted just three innings Tuesday in a 5-2 loss at Detroit.

Will the Detroit Tigers close out their four-game series with the Cleveland Indians on a high note when the two meet today at 1:10PM ET?

After the Indians scored three runs in the fourth on Jose Ramirez's triple and a sacrifice fly by Jason Kipnis, Miguel Cabrera opened Detroit's half of the fourth with a single.

In the star slugger's first game since being sidelined, the Detroit Tigers weren't taking any chances with his health. Cabrera left the game in the eighth when his right groin tightened up on him.

The Indians, who entered Wednesday night's game against the Tigers a half-game out of first place in the AL Central, will have to make do without Kluber for at least a little while.

As the injuries mounted for the Detroit Tigers, it seemed a new player was making a trip up I-75 from AAA Toledo nearly every day towards the end of April. "We expect that he'll be fine".

Bauer is 0-2 with a 13.00 ERA (13 runs in nine innings) in two starts against the Tigers this year.

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The 34.1 innings of work in the postseason may or may not be the cause for Kluber's back problem.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth, and allowed a pair of baserunners before retiring Francisco Lindor for his seventh save. Kluber allowed five opposing players to cross home plate to the tune of seven hits prior to making a premature exit and the Indians lost, 5-2. He left the game with lower back discomfort.

"He had his best stuff by the time I got in there", Adduci said.

The Indians talked about opening the season with Carrasco on the disabled list to let him throw more innings. The Tigers took two of three in what was initially supposed to be a four-game series. It was Cabrera's sixth career homer off Kluber.

"I'm not normally on the disabled list - this is only my second time", he said. "Outside of that, I felt pretty good with it".

Former Indian Victor Martinez started the fifth inning with a bunt single to third. "The guy goes out there and pitches seven innings, you have to tip your cap".

Ausmus said it wasn't an off day for Iglesias, but rather an "on day for Romine". RHP Shawn Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Columbus. This was Almonte's first start in center field this year, and that play was the only one which presented any challenge for him. "No, I wouldn't characterize it as that", he said.

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