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Brett Myers injury: Indians place starter on disabled list

Myers has been battling right forearm discomfort since spring training.

Bob Levey

The Cleveland Indians have placed starting pitcher Brett Myers on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm injury. Corey Kluber will move from his long-relief role into the starting rotation, and Fernando Nieve was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to fill the extra spot on the roster.

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Myers starting feeling the discomfort in his right forearm during spring training, but attempted to pitch through the pain. The discomfort worsened after every start, however, prompting Cleveland to shut the veteran down. There is currently no timetable for him to resume throwing.

The injury has appeared to bother Myers at the start of the season, as he owned a 8.02 ERA after 21.1 innings. Myers had been unable to force hitters to hit the ball on the ground, which is important for him since he does not strike many hitters out. The right-handed starter also experienced serious issue with the home run, as Myers has already allowed 10 home runs this season.

Kluber made 12 starts for the Indians last season, and he owns a career 5.10 ERA in 72.1 innings pitched. The right-handed pitcher pitched well in two relief appearances this season, allowing one run in five innings while striking out five batters and walking none. Nieve is a journeyman pitcher who has posted a 4.61 career ERA in 185.2 innings.


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