Yankees News: Corey Kluber concerns, Justin Wilson MRI update

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New York Yankees, Corey Kluber
Feb 21, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) throws a pitch at Yankees player development complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees took on the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday afternoon, tying 5-5. With opening day just a few short days away, the Yankees seem to be in good shape healthwise. Offensively, they have been a bit streaky, throwing out a dud against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, striking out 12 times, and recording just two hits and zero runs. However, against the Tigers, Mike Tauchman, Chris Gittens, and Greg Allen all hit homers.

As for the team’s pitching, starter Corey Kluber lasted 3.2 innings, allowing three hits, one run, and walked three batters. He did record four strikeouts and currently has a 1.86 ERA this spring. Should this performance be concerning? Not at all. While his accuracy was a bit sporadic, skipper Aaron Boone doesn’t seem to be worried one bit.

“It got a little bit hairy there at the end of the first inning whether or not we’re going to get to that point, but I managed to get through it,” Kluber said following the tie.

“It was good to get Kluber a good days’ work,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I thought the stuff was good (although) a little scattered. He was a little underneath the ball and missing some spots that he normally would hit, but overall he was able to execute a lot of pitches, especially to get out of some trouble there.”

Corey has been battling his way back from a number of injuries the past two seasons but seems to be in good spirits and 100% healthy, with April 1 right around the bend. Kluber will slot in as the number two starter behind Gerrit Cole, and if he can return to his former self, a version that won two Cy Young Awards, the Yankees will be in great shape.
Speaking of injuries, relief arm, Justin Wilson felt shoulder tightness on Monday, which led to him being taken out of the contest. Losing Wilson would be a massive blow to the bullpen that is already dealing with Zack Britton recovering from elbow surgery. Britton is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks, so the Yankees will have to survive his loss for the time being.
The Yankees were scheduled to run MRI tests on Wilson’s shoulder Tuesday afternoon, but no results have been reported as of yet.