Is this heaven?
While the rest of his big league Yankees teammates were at the Field of Dreams game in Iowa, Corey Kluber, the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, was on the bump at TD Bank Ballpark making his first rehab start on the long road back from being shut down just one outing removed from his May no-hitter.
It did not go heavenly.
Kluber struggled with fastball command throughout the majority of his outing — he threw 45 pitches, but just 20 for strikes — and was removed from the game after issuing a walk after issuing three free passes to load the bases. Regular starter Ken Waldichuk allowed all three inherited runners to score, putting Kluber’s final line at: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K.
He topped out at 90 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball, but was somewhat effective with a curveball that sat closer to 81 MPH and was effective in working away from righties.