We finally have a timetable for Marlon Byrd’s return from the scary injury he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Boston on May 21.
“They’re looking 4-6 weeks, and I think that timetable is about right,” Byrd said Wednesday. “You can’t rush the fractures. You have to make sure they heal, and that takes time.”
Byrd was out taking flyballs at Wrigley prior to Wednesday’s game. His face has healed up, and his vision wasn’t at all affected by the beaning. So, now it’s all about the waiting. With Reed Johnson also down, the Cubs are currently using Tony Campana in center field.
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.