Indians ace Corey Kluber is hopeful he will be able to come back from a broken right arm and pitch again this season.

The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner spoke Tuesday for the first time since he was struck by a 102 mph line drive off the bat of Brian Anderson during a start last week in Miami. His arm wrapped in a soft cast, Kluber said it has been difficult to stay positive and patient with an injury that has dramatically impacted his season.

Kluber will undergo weekly X-rays so doctors can see if his bone is healing properly.

Asked if he’s confident he’ll return in 2019, Kluber said, “I don’t have a plan not to pitch again. Obviously, I don’t have a definitive timeline because it’s all depending on how things heal. But in my mind, I’m not looking at it as season ending.”

The 33-year-old said it’s been challenging to sit around and “be at your body’s mercy.”


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