CLEVELAND: Corey Kluber threw a simulated game today and was pronounced fit enough to return to the rotation after recovering from a sprained right middle finger.
However, manager Terry Francona doesn't want to take anyone out of the rotation, so Kluber will ""piggyback'' on the start of Scott Kazmir Friday. Kazmir will pitch the first few innings and Kluber will follow him, much like a spring training game.
Kluber has not had the advantage of going on a rehab assignment, because minor-league seasons end today.
Consequently, he probably would not be permitted to throw more than about 70 pitches in his first outing, another reason to use the piggyback strategy.
However, when their turns come around again, Kazmir will make his start and Kluber will start the next game. Francona said he isn't sure how he will juggle the rotation after that.