BREAKING: Andrew Miller to disabled list

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ beleaguered bullpen took another hit on Saturday, when manager Terry Francona revealed that relief ace Andrew Miller was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season. There is no established timetable for return for the left-hander right now.

In a pair of transactions related too Cleveland’s struggling relief corps, the Indians put Miller on the 10-day DL due to right knee inflammation — the same knee that resulted in two DL stints for the lefty last year — and designated righty Oliver Drake for assignment. The Tribe recalled right-handers Evan Marshall and Ben Taylor from Triple-A Columbus to assume those spots in the bullpen.


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CLEVELAND — The Indians’ beleaguered bullpen took another hit on Saturday, when manager Terry Francona revealed that relief ace Andrew Miller was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season. There is no established timetable for return for the left-hander right now.

In a pair of transactions related too Cleveland’s struggling relief corps, the Indians put Miller on the 10-day DL due to right knee inflammation — the same knee that resulted in two DL stints for the lefty last year — and designated righty Oliver Drake for assignment. The Tribe recalled right-handers Evan Marshall and Ben Taylor from Triple-A Columbus to assume those spots in the bullpen.


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Francona noted that the right knee, which sidelined Miller for more than a month between August and September last season, has been an underlying issue “the entire time” this year for the lefty. That may have played a role in the left hamstring injury that flared for Miller in April, leading to a roughly two-week stint on the 10-day DL for that problem.

In 17 appearances this season, Miller has turned in a 4.40 ERA with 23 strikeouts against 10 walks in 14 1/3 innings. Since his return from the DL on May 11, though, the Tribe’s primary leverage weapon allowed seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings (six outings), in which he allowed a 1.362 opponents’ OPS. That includes three runs surrendered in the eighth inning of Friday’s 11-2 loss to the Astros.

Miller’s struggles have only been a part of the Indians’ overall woes in relief.

On April 23, the Indians’ bullpen ranked fourth in the Majors with a 2.55 ERA, but things have spiraled out of control since that point. Entering Saturday, Cleveland’s bullpen had an 8.92 ERA with a .993 opponents’ OPS in 72 2/3 innings going back to that date. Overall, the Tribe’s bullpen headed into Saturday ranked last in MLB in ERA (6.23), Fielding Independent Pitching (4.85) and home runs allowed per nine innings (1.65), among other statistics.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Published on Sat, 26 May 2018 20:12:06 +0000

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