Jon Daniels Says Corey Kluber's 2020 Outlook Is "Really Encouraging"

105.3 The Fan
February 27, 2020 - 12:32 pm
Corey Kluber

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Shan and RJ are out in Surprise for Rangers Spring Training this week and on Thursday morning they visited with Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber.

Kluber is coming off a season where he went 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA in seven starts with the Cleveland Indians. He would later suffer a broken forearm and an oblique strain that ultimately ended his season.

Prior to 2019, he won two AL CY Young awards and has a career ERA of 3.16. Texas would obviously like to see Kluber return to that form this season, and the guys asked him if he feels like he'll be able to do that with his injury not having anything to do with his arm structurally?

"Yeah, the bone's all healed now. They say when you break something the new bone grows back stronger than your original bone. I don't feel anything with it anymore," Kluber said on 105.3 The Fan. "Honestly, if I didn't have the X-Rays to go back and look at, as far as the way I feel, I probably wouldn't believe that it happened. Throwing on the mound doesn't feel any different now than it did in Spring 2019 or 2016."

When joining the guys earlier this week in Suprise, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was asked if the club believed Kluber could return to his Cy-Young form?

"Early on, some of the checkpoints we've been looking for have been very similar to where he was in 2016 and 2017. That's been really encouraging," Daniels said. "I think with all these guys (the rotation), we're going to be taking it slow here in camp. They're not pitching the first time through the rotation, I don't think they need to, some of them will end up getting in a game on the backfield. But based on what we've seen, and the different checks that we're doing from a medical standpoint, a strength and conditioning standpoint, we haven't seen anything that's given us any pause so far. 

"He's (Kluber) very in tune with his body, he's in the training room, he has his program. So, knock on wood, we feel pretty good about it and there's no plans right now to really reign him in."

Listen to entire interview with Kluber below: