Kluber throws 50 pitches in sim game

May 21st, 2017
Corey Kluber has been on the disabled list since May 3 with a lower back strain. (AP)Carlos Osorio/AP

HOUSTON -- exceeded his expected pitch count in Saturday's simulated game at Progressive Field and came out feeling good.

The right-hander, who has been sidelined for most of May with a lower back strain, threw 50 pitches. He was scheduled to throw a minimum of 35.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway and head athletic trainer James Quinlan heard good reports from Kluber's throwing session on Saturday.

"Mick told me he felt good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He was OK to continue. Mickey and James and myself, we're going to get everybody on the same page about when he's going to pitch because he'll most likely go to a Minor League game, and then we'll go from there. But we want to talk to him and make sure that everything is all right."

Kluber, who landed on the 10-day disabled list on May 3, was at Progressive Field on Sunday stretching.

In 37 1/3 innings this season, Kluber is 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA over six starts. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner has 41 strikeouts and 13 walks, but he has surrendered seven home runs.