The New York Yankees have been without one of their best pitchers, right-hander Corey Kluber, since late May because of a shoulder strain that took away three months of his season. His time, however, is coming: the veteran 35-year-old hurler will made his return to the Bombersâ€™ active roster on Monday.
Kluber, who left a 3.04 ERA and a great impression on the Yankees after a horrible start, will provide the Bombers with another option for the rotation, as the roster is getting healthy at the right time.
Per information provided to the media by Yankeesâ€™ manager Aaron Boone on Thursday night, Kluber will be activated from the injured list and is being listed as the Yanksâ€™ probable starter for Mondayâ€™s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels.
â€œHe feels really good and I think heâ€™s ready for this next step,â€ Boone said, per MLB.com. â€œHeâ€™s ready to take on Major League competition and go to that next level.â€
The Yankees can use Kluberâ€™s talents
Kluber was signed late in the offseason to a one-year, $11 million contract, as the Yankees beat several other interested teams for his signature. He started the season with a few clunkers, as he didnâ€™t have his command, but turned things around and was peaking at the moment of injuring his shoulder in late May. He even threw a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on May 19.
But in his next start, he was diagnosed with a right subscapular strain and spent months without throwing a baseball.
Kluber has been on turn for a couple of weeks now, making two rehab starts at Double-A Somerset. He is already stretched out to 60 pitches.
â€œHeâ€™s been bouncing back from his outings well as heâ€™s been building up here,â€ Boone said. â€œHeâ€™s not all the way built up like his full starter load, but we feel like heâ€™s built up enough to hopefully go out and give us a few really strong innings.â€