The veteran right-hander Corey Kluber of the New York Yankees, was back at a major league diamond Thursday afternoon, the normally stoic right-hander flashed a broad smile after making eye contact with Elvis Andrus, a teammate during his brief stint with the Texas Rangers.
Next week, the two-time Cy Young Award winner will face major league hitters again. Kluber is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list and is listed as the Yankees’ likely starter for Game 1 of Monday’s series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, manager Aaron Boone, said:
Kluber pitched a no-hitter on May 19 at Texas, then lasted three innings in his next start against the Toronto Blue Jays before heading out with stiffness in the throwing shoulder. Kluber was diagnosed with a right subscapular strain and went months without pitching, sparking speculation that the 35-year-old’s season was in jeopardy.
However, Kluber has been able to get back on the mound with a pair of successful starts this month for Double-A Somerset, the most recent of which was Tuesday. Against Akron, Kluber went 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out four on a 60 pitch effort.
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Boone said left-hander Andrew Heaney will move to the bullpen later this week and could potentially build on Monday’s start with Kluber, depending on how efficiently Kluber manages the Angels. Boone said he would consider Heaney a sixth starter when the Yankees begin a 20-game stretch without a day off.