The Indians announced on Wednesday that reliever Andrew Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Adam Plutko was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
Miller, 32, has struggled — relatively — since play resumed after the All-Star break. During the first half, he had a 1.42 ERA with a 67/10 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. In the second half, he has a 2.79 ERA with an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings. It’s not clear when Miller initially suffered the injury nor is it clear how long he’ll be absent.
The Indians enter Wednesday’s action 57-48, holding a two-game lead over the Royals for first place in the AL Central.
Plutko, 25, has spent the entire season with Columbus, posting a 6.71 ERA with a 79/41 K/BB ratio in 106 innings spanning 18 starts and one relief appearance. He’ll work out of the bullpen.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.