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Indians ace Kluber out for at least two weeks

Corey Kluber will be sidelined for at least another two weeks for the Cleveland Indians.

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber will not be back on the mound any time soon.

The 33-year-old right-hander has been diagnosed with an internal oblique strain and will be shut down from throwing, the team announced on Tuesday.

Kluber will be re-evaluated in two weeks and his time frame to "return to game activity is to be determined".

Kluber suffered the injury during a rehab start with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers last weekend and left the game after just one inning. He was reportedly scheduled to throw 75-80 pitches in the matchup but instead threw just 20, walking a pair of batters without giving up a hit or a run.

He has not appeared in an MLB game for Cleveland since he was hit by a line drive and broke his arm against the Miami Marlins on May 1. 

Kluber, a two-time Cy Young winner, holds a 2-3 record and a 5.80 ERA in seven starts this season. 

The Indians entered play on Tuesday leading the American League (AL) wildcard race with a 74-51 record. They trail the Minnesota Twins by two games in the AL Central.

Cleveland moved Trevor Bauer – who was sent to the Cincinnati Reds – at the trade deadline in a three-team deal and received a package centred around Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes in return.