Corey Kluber Dominates in Rehab Start for the Akron RubberDucks

Indians ace Corey Kluber returned to the mound as he continued his rehab process from lower back injury. The right-hander dominated in five one-hit innings for the RubberDucks. IBI caught up with Kluber following his departure in the sixth.

AKRON, Ohio -- The Indians will soon get their ace back as Corey Kluber is a step closer to being reactivated from the disabled list, where he's been on the shelf since May 3rd with a lower back strain. On Friday, the right-hander made a rehab start in Akron for the RubberDucks after his originally-scheduled appearance in Columbus on Thursday was bumped back due to a rainout. In five innings of work, Kluber faced the minimum allowing only one hit, which was quickly erased on a double play, and striking out one while throwing only 47 pitches in those five frames as he would earn the win in Akron's 10-0 blowout victory over the visiting Bowie Baysox.

"I didn't throw very many pitches, but with what I did I felt good," said Kluber, "Getting up and down four or five times, it felt good."

The former Cy Young winner wasn't focusing on anything specifically in his outing as he was simply trying to get back into his trying rhythm and routine on the mound.

"I'm just going out there and pitching like I normally do," the right-hander explained, "Not anything specific. I'm just more so getting used to pitching in games and making sure everything went well."

Kluber will return to Cleveland on Saturday for evaluation and to determine the next step, which could entail is potential reactivation on the big league roster.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.

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