Corey Kluber strikes out six, gives up one run pitching for Akron in second rehab start

AKRON, Ohio – Indians pitcher Corey Kluber said he felt good after his first rehab start in Columbus last Thursday, and his status remained the same Tuesday at Canal Park.

Pitching for the Akron RubberDucks, Kluber largely dazzled in four innings against the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ Class AA affiliate. Canal Park sold out with Kluber headlining the game, with those who bought standing room milling about in the concourse.

A two-time Cy Young winner, Kluber threw 60 pitches in four innings, with 36 strikes. He struck out six and gave up a home run in the fourth to the Thunder’s Kyle Holder, a first-round draft pick of the Yankees in 2015.

Kluber said compared to his first rehab start, it was easier to get into the flow of the game.

“Continued to fine-tune some pitches, too, so I feel like it was a success,” he said.

During a game in May against the Miami Marlins, Kluber suffered a fractured right forearm by a line drive up the middle. He’s been on the 60-day injured list since the middle of June. Kluber made his first rehab start in Columbus last Thursday with the Class AAA Clippers, giving up two runs in three innings. His 41 pitches included 24 strikes.

As he continues his rehab, Kluber said he has no timetable for his return to Cleveland. He simply wants to continue growing with each rehab assignment.

“Jus trying to get stuff to where delivery is repeatable, pitches are repeatable,” Kluber said. “That amount of time off, (it’s) kind of the way that you go through games in spring training. Trying to get built up volume wise and also trying to work on pitches, delivery, all that kind of stuff.”

The fourth was where the Thunder’s offense began to pick up. After allowing Holder’s homer, Kluber allowed another hit and a walk. Kluber said it could possibly be attributed to fatigue.

“You’re going to run into points where you get past what was comfortable last time and you gotta push through a little bit,” Kluber said. “And that’s just the only way you can get built up.”

Along with Kluber, Indians relievers Dan Otero and Tyler Olson also made rehab appearances. Otero, who has battled right shoulder inflammation, had his third appearance with Akron. He threw 20 pitches in a scoreless inning, walking one. Olson, who has been fighting shingles, threw 17 pitches over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out two, gave up a hit and walked one.

Akron won the game, 8-1.

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