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Corey Kluber to be shut down for at least four weeks [UPDATE]

Yankees starter was pulled from Tuesday’s game because of tightness in his right shoulder.

Corey Kluber of the New York Yankees pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

Update — So this is a bit of deja vu. Kluber is being shut down for at least four weeks due to a “sub-scap strain” and won’t do any throwing. This is basically the same shoulder strain he suffered last season before being shut down for the entire season. This isn’t great news for Kluber’s prospects of returning any time soon. Hopefully, he can work his way back but it’s not looking great.

New York Yankees right-hander Corey Kluber was pulled from Tuesday’s matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays early because of an issue with his right shoulder. New York announced that shoulder tightness was bothering the 35-year-old. He’ll be evaluated and get an MRI on Wednesday.

This isn't the first time Kluber has had trouble with his throwing shoulder. He only pitched one inning in 2020 before tearing his shoulder and missing the rest of the season. If that injury has been reaggravated and he misses an extended period of time, Deivi Garcia, Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa will get a chance to take on larger roles in the rotation.

Kluber struck out four batters but gave up two hits, two earned runs and walked three batters in three innings before the plug was pulled and relieved by Mitchell King. He’s 4-2 with a 3.04 ERA and 50 Ks this year through 10 starts. In Kluber’s last start, he tossed a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers with 9 Ks and 1 BB.