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Corey Kluber exits with shoulder tightness as Yankees fall to Blue Jays

When the Yankees signed Corey Kluber this offseason, they knew it was a high-risk, high-reward move.

They got a taste of the reward last Wednesday, when Kluber pitched a no-hitter in Texas.

The risk showed up Tuesday, when Kluber lasted just three innings in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Stadium before leaving with right shoulder tightness.

The Yankees announced the 35-year-old Kluber will be tested further on Wednesday, including an MRI exam. He underwent a physical exam following Tuesday’s outing and Aaron Boone said that went “pretty well.”

The injury is particularly worrisome because Kluber pitched just one inning last season for the Rangers before being sidelined with a strained right shoulder.

Kluber said, however, that what he felt Tuesday wasn’t similar to what happened last season. He said Tuesday’s discomfort was “general” compared to a more localized pain in 2020.

Corey Kluber
Corey Kluber
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“I felt it was compromising the quality of my pitches,’’ Kluber said. “We’re trying to be smart and not risk injuring something else.”

Asked if he was “alarmed” by the development, Kluber said: “I wouldn’t say alarmed at this point. I wish we knew more.”

That will happen Wednesday.

“You’re always concerned when your starting pitcher comes out like that,’’ Boone said.

The manager added he didn’t believe the shoulder flare-up was related to the no-hitter, since Kluber was efficient in that start and was pitching Tuesday with an extra day’s rest.

The early exit was just part of an ugly night for the Yankees, whose six-game winning streak was snapped. The Yankees got some shaky defense from Gleyber Torres and their lineup was shut down by former Met Steven Matz.

But Kluber is clearly at the top of the worry list after he’d had such a promising recent stretch.

Kluber said his shoulder felt “heavy” when he warmed up in the outfield prior to the start, but that he hoped the adrenaline once he got on the mound would help him loosen up.

Instead, he walked three batters in the first two innings and then allowed a single to Bo Bichette with one out in the third.

After an errant pickoff throw to first sent Bichette to second, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed by hammering a two-run home run into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center.

That gave Toronto a 2-0 lead and ended the Yankees rotation’s streak of scoreless at 37 ¹/₃ innings.

The right-hander retired the next two batters to retire the side, but after a discussion with the coaching staff and trainers, he was removed after the inning, having thrown 58 pitches. Kluber was replaced by Michael King.

In his five starts prior to Tuesday, including the no-hitter, Kluber had pitched to a 1.78 ERA.

King limited Toronto to one run — a solo homer by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the fourth — over three innings, but the Yankees’ offense never got going against Matz. The left-hander from Long Island struck out 10, walked none and allowed just one run in 6 ²/₃ innings.

The Yankees’ deficit grew larger in the seventh against a Toronto team that had lost six straight entering Tuesday.

After Lucas Luetge entered in the seventh and loaded the bases on three straight one-out singles, pinch-hitter Santiago Espinal hit a chopper towards short. Torres fielded the ball on the run and made an off-balance throw to the plate. The ball bounced away from Kyle Higashioka and two runs scored on the error.

The Yankees finally got to Matz in the seventh. Clint Frazier belted a two-out double to left-center and scored on Higashioka’s single to left to make it 5-1 and end Matz’s outing. Higashioka had been in a 3-for-38 skid before the hit.

Brett Gardner, facing right-hander Tyler Chatwood, walked, but Luke Voit hit a comebacker to end the threat.

The Yankees will find out Wednesday if Tuesday’s game just another loss or if their rotation is set to take a hefty hit.


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