First Adrian Belte, now Carl Crawford. I don’t understand ballplayers sometimes:
. . . even after seeing how bad it looked, and knowing how incredibly horrible it felt, when he was struck, well, there, by
an errant pickoff throw in Tuesday’s game against the Orioles, Crawford
insisted he has no plans to start wearing a protective cup when he
returns to the field, possibly Friday in Cleveland.
“I’m just not
going to wear a cup,” Crawford said. “I just don’t think that’s going to
happen again. It never happened in eight years, so I’m not going to
worry about letting that one little incident make me change the way I do
things. … If it happens again, then it just happens again.”
Hey, they’re his jewels so if he wants to gamble with them, more power to him. And really, maybe there is a certain kind of genius logic to all of this.
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.