Rangers’ Kluber could be done for year with shoulder injury

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Kluber was removed from the game after one inning. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, the Associated Press

Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber could be done for the season. He is headed to the injured list after just one inning in his debut as a Texas Rangers starter. He has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder and is not expected to make another start this season — if he pitches at all. No surgery will be required, but Kluber will receive a platelet-rich injection. He will then be evaluated in about four weeks to determine if he can start throwing again. General manager Jon Daniels says if Kluber is able to return by the end of the 60-game season, it would be more likely as a reliever. Says Daniels: “It’s a blow, there’s no getting around it.”

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