Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Corey Kluber 'has checked a lot of boxes' throughout rehab, early in spring

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Kluber in Yankees ST in outfield
Kluber in Yankees ST in outfield

Corey Kluber has "checked a lot of boxes" in the last few months, according to manager Aaron Boone.

The Yankees signed Kluber on a one-year deal worth $11 million, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner has tossed just 36.2 innings in the last two years - all but one of them in 2019.

But Kluber, by his own account, is so far, so good.

"I feel really good right now. No issues with [my shoulder] now or anywhere along the rehab process. That's encouraging," he said. "I feel like I'm in a normal spot for spring training. I don't feel like I'm still working on improving the shoulder or anything like that. I think it's in a spot where, obviously, any part of your body, it takes maintenance throughout the year, but I'm not putting any more emphasis on that than anything else on this point."

Riddled with injuries, the Yankees are surely taking a gamble, but with his past success, and where his health stands right now, the Yankees are confident he can return to his old form.

"Everything in the last few months has checked a lot of boxes as far as the things, first from Eric's eyes, and then we got scouts' eyes on him, now we're getting our coaching staff and strength and conditioning and training staff on him. It's February, but I would say we’re encouraged certainly and yesterday was another step in that regard."

The Yankees feel they have had a good sense of Kluber's process, considering his trainer, Eric Cressey, is the Yankees' director of player health and performance.

"We have a lot of first-hand knowledge about where he was in his recovery and his training, kind of the measurables coming back from different injuries," Boone said.

Right now, Kluber has a very realistic chance of being the Yankees' second starter in the rotation.


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