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 Posted: Thu May 4th, 2017 03:43 am
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One player who's likely glad to see the calendar flip over from April is Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber, who's headed to the disabled list after a disastrous start to his year, according to Terry Francona who joined "Inside Pitch" on Wednesday.

Francona said the Indians were "leaning toward" a disabled list stint for Kluber, who's been dealing with back issues early this season and appears to be off track from his typical Cy Young form. The move was made official just after Francona's radio appearance.

Kluber, the 2014 Cy Young winner, has posted a 5.06 ERA and 4.29 FIP through his first six starts this season, and is walking more than three batters per nine innings.

With Kluber headed to the DL, Francona suggested the team "think(s) letting him miss a little bit of time is the best thing for everybody."

From 2014-16, only Clayton Kershaw has been a better pitcher than Kluber by FanGraphs WAR. Meanwhile, Kluber is coming off of a game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in which he allowed five runs over just three innings of work - his worst start of the year, and his shortest since May 2016.

In Kluber's stead, the Indians have recalled right-handed reliever Joe Colon, while the likely candidate to take Kluber's next scheduled start on Sunday is Mike Clevinger, who started in Triple-A on Tuesday night, according to Zack Meisel of clevelanddotcom.

The Indians are currently tied for third in their division with a 14-12 record, a half-game back of the first-place Chicago White Sox. "I don't think we're thrilled with the way our record is," Francona said, before adding "but we haven't let it get in the way of our season either."