January 18, 2021

Corey Kluber excited to join hometown Rangers, put ‘very trying’ ’19 behind him (ESPN)


DALLAS — Corey Kluber is returning to Texas to pitch for the Rangers.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner will leave it to others to say whether his hometown team has its next ace.

“I think having a starting pitcher you can rely on every fifth day to give your team a chance to win, keep you in the ballgame, I think that stuff carries just as much weight,” Kluber said Tuesday, two days after the Rangers acquired him in a trade with Cleveland that sent outfielder Delino DeShields and reliever Emmanuel Clase to the Indians.

“As far as expecting myself to be a No. 1 starter, I feel like if you do that stuff in between starts and you prepare yourself and you do the things I talked about, I think that stuff just kind of falls in line. But that’s not what I set out to do.”

Kluber missed most of last season after breaking his right forearm when he was struck by a line drive during a start at Miami. The 33-year-old came close to returning to the Indians’ rotation but injured an oblique during a minor league rehab appearance that ended his comeback.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels characterized it as a blessing in disguise after Kluber pitched at least 200 innings in five…

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