Andrew Miller’s spectacular first season as the Yankees’ closer is now on hold, as the dominant left-hander is headed to the disabled list with a strained muscle in his forearm.
Miller signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Yankees as a free agent this offseason and quickly took over the closer role even though manager Joe Girardi delayed officially naming him the closer. He’s saved 17 games with a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 innings while holding opponents to a .090 batting average.
Fortunately for the Yankees they have a similarly incredible reliever in right-hander Dellin Betances who can step into the closer role, although having the two-headed Betances-Miller monster to shut down the late innings has been a huge key to New York’s strong start this season.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.
Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.
He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.
Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.
“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”