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Corey Kluber scratched from Friday start with right hamstring strain

Klubot is due for an oil change.

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The once-healthy pitching staff of the Cleveland Indians continues to take a beating. This time it’s staff ace Corey Kluber going down with a right hamstring strain.

According to several sources, Kluber is expected to miss one or two starts, but he is expected to pitch again this season. Similar to how the Tribe handled Carlos Carrasco’s injury, they could just be acting especially cautious since the team is on the very outskirts of a playoff run. There is no need to rush Corey out there and risk further injury with a 4% chance at making the post-season.

With the Indians playoff hopes slimmer than ever, Josh Tomlin will take the mound tonight against the division rival Detroit Tigers. Tomlin has pitched in only four games this season. In his most recent outing against the Los Angeles Angel he went seven solid innings with only two earned runs and a whole lot of fly balls. All told, he is carrying a 3.08 ERA and 4.85 FIP this season, with 26 strikeouts and two walks.

Danny Salazar was also missed a recent start with an illness, and Carrasco has not pitched since August 21 with his shoulder injury. The updated probable starters are currently Tomlin for Friday, Salazar for Saturday, and Sunday’s pitcher is to be decided, but Cody Anderson will be on full rest by that time.