Yankees lose closer Andrew Miller to forearm injury

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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.