More on the Kluber Injury

The Indians placed RHP Corey Kluber on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right middle finger and filled his spot in the rotation by recalling Danny Salazar from Triple-A Columbus.
The injury, which is similar to the one suffered by Zach McAllister earlier in the season, occurred while throwing a breaking ball near the end of his 7.1 scoreless innings against Detroit on Monday evening. 

Finger sprains are the most common injuries in sports activities involving the hand. They have many mechanisms of injury but the most common for pitchers is the FOOSH (Fall On Out Stretched Hand) mechanism. Instead of falling on the out stretched hand, pitchers will sprain the finger when the breaking ball is released on the middle finger of the throwing hand. Since the middle finger is the last to touch the ball, sometimes it can be outstretched if the pitchers release point is slightly off.

Kluber's sprain will need to be splinted with a rigid splint for three weeks and then a removable, flexible splint for another three to four weeks. Once cleared by the medical staff, Kluber can begin to lightly throw and then be reassessed. At that point, either more rest or a rehab assignment would be recommended. 

 

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