MINNEAPOLIS: Neither Corey Kluber nor manager Terry Francona expects Klubwe to miss his next start, deapite hip soreness that forced him out of Saturday night's game after five innings.
A contingency plan is in place just in case Kluber’s hip remains a problem.
“”Today, he’ll have the day off,’’ Francona said. “”He’ll work with Lonnie and settle in.’’
Normally, Kluber would throw a bullpen on Tuesday. He might postpone that until Wednesday, only because Thursday’s off day gives him an extra day of rest.''
The off day gives Francona the flexibility to delay Kluber’s start, if necessary.
Should the soreness in Kluber’s hip persist, Justin Masterson could make Kluber’s start on Friday with his full complement of rest. That also would keep Masterson on his regular schedule.
“”I don’t think anybody anticipates that we’re going to do it,’’ Francona said. “”But we have that if we need it because of the off day.’’
Why is Nick Swisher still batting in the cleanup spot? Since May 26, he has hit two home runs and accumulated 12 RBI in 38 games.
“”I’ve given that a ton of thought,’’ Francona said. “”We’ve thought about hitting him second, but I don’t want to move (Jason) Kipnis, and (Michael) Brantley has done such a good job of bouncing around.
""But it’s a little different, you’re in that cleanup spot. If I’m going to put someone in that position, it should be Swisher (a more veteran player).''