Texas Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a grade 2 tear of his teres major muscle and will be shut down immediately.
Corey Kluber has a grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle. Will get a PRP injection, and will not throw for four weeks, then re-evaluate.
No surgery expected. If all goes well, could be back for end of season, but would be a reliever, since no time to build up as a starter.
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) July 27, 2020
Kluber had an MRI on Sunday evening which revealed the severity of the injury. For the time being Kluber is shut down for at least four weeks and then he will be reevaluated. As the above tweets mention, any return for Kluber would be that of a reliever due to be unable to fully build back up to handle the workload of a starting pitcher.
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This injury should sound familiar to fans of the baseball team in Cleveland. Kluber’s former teammate Mike Clevinger suffered a strain of the teres major last season. Former Texas Rangers reliever Emmanuel Clase also suffered a strain earlier this year with Cleveland.
Depending on where the Rangers are in the standings could very well decide if Corey Kluber returns or not. If Kluber could make an impact for a playoff push/run a potential return would make sense. If Texas is out of contention it is possible that all Texas sees of Kluber this season are his 18 pitches he threw on Sunday.