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Andrew Miller could be activated on Thursday

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Indians manager Terry Francona said today that reliever Andrew Miller could be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

Miller has been out since August 22 with patella tendinitis, but he made it through a 30-pitch simulated game yesterday without a hitch. Francona said Miller will either throw another simulated game Thursday or pitch in a real game, so he’s good to go.

Obviously the Indians have been OK without Miller — they’re 19-2 since he went down — but getting him back would be a nice thing given that, before he was hurt, he posted a 1.65 ERA and 79/17 K/BB ratio in 54.2 innings.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.