Cleveland faded in the second half after jumping out to a big lead in the AL Central, but at 80-82 the Indians still improved by 11 games compared to last season and they wasted no time exercising their 2013 option on manager Manny Acta.
Acta, who was already under contract for next season, has gone 149-175 (.460) in two years with the Indians after previously managing the Nationals to a 158-252 (.385) mark in two-plus seasons.
His coaching staff will look much different, however, as bench coach Tim Tolman resigned due to Parkinson’s disease and pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down citing family obligations. And next season for the first time Acta will be managing a team with an expectation to contend.
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.