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MLB Weekly Digest May 31st Edition: New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Corey Kluber Out Two Months with Shoulder Injury

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The last week in MLB was about a pair of starting pitchers dealing with injuries, and a talented outfielder in the National League was placed on the injured list.

New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Corey Kluber Sidelined Two Months with Shoulder Strain

The New York Yankees will be without a crucial part of their starting rotation in Corey Kluber for two months due to a shoulder strain, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

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Kluber was forced to leave his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays after three innings due to shoulder tightness.

Kluber was signed during the offseason to provide the Yankees with depth in their rotation.

The right-hander has looked great on the mound, as indicated by him posting a 3.04 ERA in 53 1/3 innings pitched (10 starts) with 55 strikeouts, 23 walks issued, five home runs surrendered, a 133 ERA+, and 3.74 FIP.

The highlight of the 2021 MLB season for Kluber is throwing a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on May 19.

The Yankees are hopeful that Kluber can return in two months as he was performing exceptionally well before the injury.

It is essential to note Kluber missed most of the 2020 campaign due to a shoulder injury.

New York Mets Starting Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Shut Down Six Weeks with Elbow Inflammation

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been shut down and will not throw for six weeks due to elbow inflammation in his pitcher arm, manager Luis Rojas said several days ago, per Tim Britton of The Athletic.

Rojas also mentioned that Syndergaard, recovering from Tommy John surgery, does not have any structural damage to his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament).

Syndergaard was forced to exit his last rehab outing after just one inning.

The Mets were hopeful that Syndergaard could make his 2021 debut around the end of June.

However, the elbow inflammation makes that unlikely to occur.

It is not uncommon for starting pitchers who undergo Tommy John surgery to have a setback in their recovery process.

Syndergaard had a major operation on his elbow, and it will take time for him to build up enough strength and not feel any pain.

The right-hander might throw for the Mets this season, providing he does not have any more setbacks.

Philadelphia Phillies Place Outfielder Bryce Harper on IL with Left Forearm Contusion

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the injured list with a left forearm contusion, per a team announcement.

The move is retroactive to May 23.

Last month, Harper hurt his left arm when he was hit by a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera.

The outfielder has also been dealing with a sore right shoulder for much of May.

Harper has had a decent 2021 MLB season, as he has compiled a .274 batting average and .884 OPS in 38 games with eight doubles, seven home runs, 13 RBIs, and four stolen bases.

The Phillies should wait until the injury to Harper is fully healed before activating him off the injured list.

If they bring him back too soon, they risk making the injury worse, and he would be sidelined for a longer timeframe.

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