CLEVELAND — A late surge in Twitter votes wasn’t enough to push Corey Kluber over the top in voting for the final AL roster spot.
Kluber finished fourth to White Sox lefty Chris Sale in the AL portion of the MLB.com Final Vote. Sale received 6.7 million votes, beating out the Angels Garrett Richards, Detroit’s Rick Porcello, Kluber and Houston’s Dallas Keuchel.
Fans were allowed to vote via Twitter during the final six hours of voting on Thursday. Using the hashtag #VoteKluber, the right-hander received the third most in baseball, behind Atlanta’s Justin Upton and Richards. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won the NL portion.
Kluber tweeted after the final voting totals were announced: "I truly appreciate all the efforts of Tribe fans, my teammates, "@Indians, & everyone else over the last few days. Congrats to Chris."
The chances of Kluber joining Michael Brantley in Minnesota on Tuesday appear slim. None of the starting pitchers who were named to the team are slated to start on Sunday, which would eliminate them from participating in the game.
Kluber, who is 8-6 with a 2.86 ERA, will start on Friday as the Indians open a three-game series against the White Sox.
PEREZ DEBUT: Roberto Perez will make his Major League debut tonight as the Tribe closes a four-game series against the Yankees. Terry Francona originally planned on using Perez on Saturday but with Wednesday’s game going 14 innings, Yan Gomes will get the night off.
One of the advantages for Perez is that he has plenty of experience catching T.J. House from their years together in the minors.
"He doesn’t know the Yankees hitters as well as Yan but he has a reputation of being pretty quick with the scouting report and he’s been watching the Yankees the past couple days," Francona said.