Cleveland Indians’ ace pitcher Corey Kluber says he is working hard on a return to the mound for the Major League Baseball (MLB) team, though he admits that he is unsure of exactly when he will be back in action.
The 33-year-old suffered a broken right forearm from a line drive back up the middle at the Miami Marlins on May 1.
“It’s coming along,” Kluber is quoted by WKYC. “Every checkpoint that I’ve been supposed to hit so far, I’ve hit.
“I’m just in this stage now where we still have to get permission from the doctors, and hopefully, that’s coming soon because I’m eager to start doing more baseball-type activities.
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“The last update I got was kind of what Tito gave you also. It’s kind of wait until they want to do it again, but so far, everything’s been going according to plan, like they expect it to.”
Kluber recalls his initial reaction to the incident that broke his arm: “At that point in time, you have a lot of adrenaline going through your body.
“I’m not going to say it didn’t hurt. It hurt, but in the heat of the game, my first reaction was to try and go get an out, run after the ball and my arm didn’t feel right.
“I don’t know that something was wrong, so to speak, but I’ve been hit enough to know it felt different than other times I’ve gotten hit.
“The first step I took, it didn’t feel very good, so I just tried not to use it as I ran after the ball.”
The subject of much trade talk during the offseason, Kluber remains with the Indians, where he has posted a 98-58 record with a 3.16 earned run average in 208 games, including 203 starts, over parts of nine seasons at the MLB level.
You can see the Indians in MLB regular season action tonight when they take on the Cincinnati Reds. Live coverage on Fox Sports 2 starts at 19:00 CAT.