Indians place Miller on DL for third time in 2018

Premier reliever now dealing with shoulder impingement

Alex Hooper
August 29, 2018 - 3:31 pm
Aug 26, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium.

© Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Categories: 

Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Indians have placed left-handed reliever Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list with an external impingement in his throwing shoulder, retroactive to August 27. Lefty reliever Tyler Olson has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.

A scan showed swelling in the bursa sac in Miller’s left shoulder, a precaution that was taken after the pitcher expressed discomfort during the team’s off-day Monday. The lefty will be shut down from throwing for four to five days after a cortisone injection, Manager Terry Francona said.

“It was the right thing to do for him,” the skipper added. “We’ve talked about it before, even when it’s maybe not convenient you need to do the right thing. Andrew is going to pitch for a long time and he’s carried such a big load for us that we need too look out for him a little bit, too.

“He’s not going to quit and we’re not going to quit either,” Francona added.

Miller's DL stint will be his third of 2018, previously missing 68 days with right knee inflammation. The 33-year-old's first trip to the disabled list was from April 26 to May 26 with a left hamstring strain.

The southpaw has seen action in just 27 games in 2018, his fewest since 2011 with the Boston Red Sox. In that time, Miller has a 3.38 ERA, 3.20 FIP, and 3.89 xFIP, all worst marks since becoming a full-time reliever in 2012.

Olson is on his third tour of duty with the Indians this season, having appeared in 32 games, and carrying a 6.75 ERA and 4.26 FIP in that time.