I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death. He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the trouble was was unknown until now.
Splittoroff pitched 15 years in the majors, between the years of 1970 and 1984, all with the Royals. He was never the ace of the staff, but he was steady through the 1970s, rising as the Royals rose to competitiveness. He amassed a career mark of 166-143 with a 3.81 career ERA. He pitched effectively in seven playoff games as well.
UPDATE: The Indians have placed Miller on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
8:46 AM: Indians reliever Andrew Miller left last night’s game against the Cubs with left hamstring tightness.
Miller threw just two pitches before clutching his leg and leaving the field. He’s day-to-day for now — and manager Terry Francona noted that he had a similar injury a few years back and only missed a few days — but hamstring injuries can be anywhere from annoying to serious, so nothing definitive will be said by the club until he undergoes an MRI. Given how critical he is to the Indians, who are likely postseason bound, figure that the team will err on the side of caution with a DL sting regardless.
Miller has yet to allow a run in ten innings of work.