Caleb Smith dazzles as Marlins take down Cleveland 4-2
MIAMI (AP) — Corey Kluber got hit hard again, and the last line drive really hurt.
Kluber (2-3) was struck by Brian Anderson‘s liner in the fifth inning.
“It looked ugly,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Kluber’s arm was placed in a cast, and he’ll be re-evaluated in Cleveland on Thursday. The Indians will have a better idea at that point of how long he might be out.
“It stinks, you know?” teammate Roberto Perez said. “He’s our ace. We’re going to miss him.”
The two-time American League Cy Young Award winner allowed eight hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings, which left his ERA at 5.80. The Indians were already without starter Mike Clevinger, who is sidelined until at least June by a back injury.
Caleb Smith (3-0) struck out eight in seven innings to help Miami stop a four-game slide. He allowed one run on Perez’s third homer in the third inning.
Anderson’s infield hit caromed off Kluber, and the ace’s arm dangled at his side as he chased down the ball. He swatted it toward first base with his glove rather than throwing it.
“It happened so quick, I couldn’t tell where he got hit,” said Perez, the Indians’ catcher. “I saw him holding his arm. It was tough.”
Kluber briefly visited with a trainer and Francona before walking off the field.
“Tito kept asking him, ‘How do you feel?’ and he was just numb,” Perez said. “At that point you start thinking the worst.”
Marlins: RHP José Ureña (1-4, 5.08 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday in the opener of a three-game series against Atlanta. It will be Ureña’s first appearance against the Braves since he was suspended for six games for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. on the arm with a pitch last August, triggering a melee.
Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (2-1, 3.68 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday when Cleveland opens a homestand against Seattle.
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