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Raburn undergoes MRI; Kluber to throw first bullpen

By Sheldon Ocker Published: August 24, 2013

CLEVELAND: Ryan Raburn  underwent an MRI scan this morning that came up clean, but it was still uncertain if he could play for the first time since last Sunday.

“”The MRI came back great,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”His calf is better, but his other heel is sore. Maybe that came from favoring the calf. If he feels good, then he’s fine. Otherwise, we’ll try to buy time through the off day (Monday).’’

In other words, if Raburn is symptom-free he will be permitted to return to the field.

 Raburn sometimes functions as a pinch runner. However, Francona has alternatives.

“”We can use  pitcher to pinch run,’’ he said. “”Danny Salazar is a pretty good athlete, and Scott Kazmir likes to do it.’’

 Corey Kluber (sprained middle finger) will throw his first bullpen on Monday after playing long toss for at least two weeks.

“”He’s doing really well,’’ Francona said. “”The doctor looked at him and gave him the thumbs up.

There have been no projections about when Kluber might go on a rehab assignment, but time is running out for him to pitch in the Tribe farm system. Minor league schedules conclude in about a week.

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