Andrew Miller placed on 10-day DL, expects quick return

Lefty missed seven days with same ailment in 2014

Alex Hooper
April 26, 2018 - 4:29 pm
Apr 25, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) walks to the dugout after being inured during the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field.

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Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) - The player was worst case, but the injury and circumstances may be as good as possible.

Cleveland Indians left-hander Andrew Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday because of what Manager Terry Francona called a 'low-grade (left hamstring) strain.' The team selected the contract of lefty Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Columbus, making room for him on the 40-man roster by designating lefty Jack Leathersich for assignment.

"There was certainly thought to maybe if he was going to be 5-6 days not DL him," Francona said. "I think because it’s April. And we sat down with Andrew together. We lean on him so hard. Then there’s the temptation to bring him back early. As hard as it is not to have him, the 10 days makes sense. And it makes sense to him."

Miller experienced a similar strain during his 2014 stint with the Baltimore Orioles, saying that he pitched seven days after sustaining the injury. Both player and manager agreed that had the disabled list still been a 15-day affair, Miller likely would not have been placed there at all. Given the timing, and the time without him, the decision was fairly easy.

"As far as I can tell, it's pretty much the same exact thing," Miller said. "I don't know it's just the way I throw or the way I'm built or what. I don't know whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, but at least we have something to draw from experience-wise when dealing with it."

The frustrating part for Miller, he says, is that he felt as if he was just establishing his normal results. Dating back to April 17 against the Twins in Puerto Rico, the lefty had allowed two baserunners - one hit and one walk - striking out seven in 14 batters faced over four innings.

Between the weather improving and making adjustments prior to the injury, Miller said he was in a good place.

"I saw that particularly the last game in Baltimore," he said. "The way this game goes, you try to lock on to something and ride it out as long as you can. It's just unfortunate this kind of stalled what I thought was going to be a really nice run."

Beliveau spent the spring with the Indians, parlaying a strong off-season into an even stronger start at Columbus, allowing three baserunners out of 30 batters faced over 8 2/3 innings with the Clippers.

He also struck out 14 in that span.

"Spring, I felt like I threw the ball pretty well," Beliveau said Thursday. "I definitely didn’t do my best walks wise. I felt like I was kind of trying to be too fine and pitch around the zone instead of attacking hitters. As soon as the season started, I said, ‘I’m gonna stop doing that.’ Go ahead and attack hitters, throw strikes, keep my pitch-count down rather than throwing 25, 30 pitches in an inning, not giving up any runs but you’re still not putting yourself or your team in a  good position to throw the next day rather than attacking a 10-pitch outing and then you’re good to pitch two days in a row."

The 31-year-old lefty struggled to a 7.47 ERA in 15 2/3 innings with Toronto in 2017, a year removed from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Beliveau showed promise as a 27-year-old with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014, allowing seven earned over 24 innings.