CLEVELAND (92.3 the Fan) – Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller exited the team’s Monday game against the Boston Red Sox due to injury after throwing a pitch in the 7th inning.
The Indians reported Miller’s injury as re-aggravated right patellar tendinitis. The left-hander came off of the disabled list on August 18th after spending 16 days on the DL with the same injury.
It was apparent that the hard-thrower was having some trouble when his fastball, normally around 94 mph, came in to Mookie Betts in the low-90s. It was most apparent to Miller when he walked the All-Star on an 88 mph fastball inside.
“The pitch I pulled inside to Mookie, I kinda felt it,” he said. “And I threw one more and it was the same thing.”
Both the pitcher and Manager Terry Francona said the left-hander had been feeling good prior to the game.
“I felt like we had really kinda turned the corner,” Miller added. “I felt really positive about the way I was warming up and throwing the ball today. I was actually really excited to get out there. It’s baseball. Stuff happens.”
Miller was forced to warm up twice when home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt left the game an inning after being hit by Boston reliever Joe Kelly’s errant warm up pitch.
“I think the long unpredictable stuff that happened beforehand. That’s the way it goes,” Miller said. “I’ve been trying to monitor volume and stuff like that and hopefully have a nice progression. I just think that the way that worked out tonight is just bad luck and unfortunate.”
Neither Miller nor Francona were ready to jump to conclusions, and both said that they would wait until Tuesday to make any assessments.
“It stinks missing any time,” Miller added. “I’ve already missed 12 days or something like that. I don’t want to do it again. We’ll find out more tomorrow. See how I wake up.”
First baseman Carlos Santana followed Miller to the bench soon thereafter, exiting in the top of the 8th with lower back tightness.
Santana looked to aggravate his back on the final swing of his at-bat in the bottom of the 6th inning, which ended in a shallow pop to center. Francona said Santana had been dealing with the issue and was almost scratched before the game.
“He almost didn’t play,” the skipper said. He had done something in the cage, you know where you just get that muscle spasm. And we’re getting ready to scratch him, but he said, ‘No, I want to play.’ And he kind of toughed it out. On his last at-bat, you could see it was bothering him. Then when he sat down, it kind of grabbed at him.”