Andrew Miller back on DL, this time without timetable

Right knee issue from 2017 resurfaces

Alex Hooper
May 26, 2018 - 4:52 pm
Apr 23, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Cleveland Indians defeated Baltimore Orioles 2-1.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Indians need Andrew Miller in October to be successful. The issue is that they have not been successful with or without him in 2018.

The All-Star reliever found himself back on the disabled list on Saturday before the Indians took on the Houston Astros with right knee inflammation, a night after he struggled again in an outing, allowing game-tying two-run double.

Righty Evan Marshall was recalled from Triple-A Columbus in Miller’s stead.

The knee issue dates back to 2017, when he missed 24 games with tendinitis in the knee. Miller also missed 15 games with a left hamstring strain.

Manager Terry Francona said there is no current timetable for the injury, other than to ‘get it right.’

“I think he tired of just not being able to pitch like he can pitch,” the skipper said. “It’s hard for him. Like in Chicago, he said he really liked the results but didn’t make the pitches he necessarily wanted to and he’s having to alter his delivery and things like that. Sometimes when it’s not convenient, you still have to do the right thing. You can’t just do the right thing when it’s convenient.”

Francona noted after Friday's loss that Miller's release point appeared erratic, creating erratic command, which Statcast data seemed to corroborate.

Miller also had back tightness when the Indians faced the Astros in Houston, prior to the first game of the series on May 18th. Francona did not believe that the injuries were intertwined.

“I don’t necessarily think with his back, I think his back was just a good old fashioned, go outside and then you come into the air conditioning, stuff like that,” Francona said. “I could see that happening with the hamstring. You don’t know for sure, but that certainly could be.”

Aside from the Marshall promotion, the Indians designated righty Oliver Drake for assignment while recalling righty Ben Taylor from Columbus. The team also outrighted recently designated Alexi Ogando to Triple-A, and he accepted the assignment.