Indians searching for consensus on Andrew Miller injury

Second opinion on lefty's knee sought prior to meeting of minds

Alex Hooper
May 30, 2018 - 3:46 pm
May 25, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians pitcher Andrew Miller, (left), gives the ball to Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona after giving up a two run hit to the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Progressive Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. The status of Cleveland Indians left-hander Andrew Miller is creeping at this petty pace from day to day.

The king of the Tribe bullpen is thought to be wounded, but not mortally so, though the lack of information surrounding his recovery since hitting the disabled list on May 26th seems to indicate things are worse than normally thought.

That is simply conjecture, however, as Miller visited Dr. David Altcheck in New York for a checkup on his right knee inflammation on Tuesday. Indians President Chris Antonetti told reporters Tuesday that while the visit was technically a second opinion, surgery is not currently under consideration.

Miller returned to Cleveland on Wednesday, but any information on the extent of his injury was again bumped to the next day by Manager Terry Francona. Pitcher and manager are yet to meet with the President and training staff to devise a plan.

“I think we still want to have a chance to communicate all of us together -- we haven't had that chance yet because he got back last night,” Francona said Wednesday.

The consensus remains that there is no reason to be concerned with the severity of the injury, and that the checkup was more for mental reassurance than physical rehabilitation.

“I think a lot of this is to give guys peace of mind,” Francona added. “Not that it doesn’t hurt. We know what’s there, but even he said, he goes, ‘If I know this is what it is and I have to deal with it, I can.’ So, there’s multiple reasons why you do it. But one is also for peace of mind, sure.”