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Yankees' Kluber set to miss two months with shoulder injury

By Sports Desk May 26, 2021

New York Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber could miss up to two months of MLB action due to a shoulder injury sustained in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kluber only lasted three innings in the defeat, replaced by Michael King, and underwent an MRI on his right shoulder, which revealed a strain of the subscapular muscle.

On Wednesday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said two-time Cy Young Award winner Kluber would not be able to throw for at least four weeks.

"It's tough news to get, considering how well he's throwing the ball and all he's been through to get back," Boone said, with the midweek showdown against the Blue Jays postponed due to inclement weather.

"Hopefully we can start the recovery process for him and have him back in our rotation sooner rather than later."

Boone said three-time All-Star Kluber, 35, will get a second examination for the "subscap strain".

Kluber joined the Yankees in the offseason after spending 2020 with the Texas Rangers, where he only played once due to a shoulder injury.

He also endured injury problems in his final season with the Cleveland Indians in 2019.

The right-handed pitcher had tossed down a no-hitter for the Yankees against the Rangers last week and his start against the Blue Jays was his first since.

Kluber has a 3.04 ERA this season across 10 starts for the Yankees, with 55 strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Yankees star Luke Voit has landed on the injured list with a strain of his right oblique.

Voit led the majors with 22 home runs during last season's coronavirus-shortened campaign.

"He’s frustrated," Boone said. "He's had such success with the knee, so to have a setback that's going to land him on the IL … hopefully it's not something that keeps him down too long."

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