Yankees reliever Andrew Miller suffered a chip fracture in his right (non-throwing) wrist when he was hit by a line drive during Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves. The lefty will visit a hand specialist, which will give the Yankees a better idea on how to handle the injury.
Miller, though, wants to tough it out and be ready to contribute on Opening Day, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports. That’s probably not a good idea, even though the Yankees are already without Aroldis Chapman for the first 30 games of the season. Dellin Betances has already proven himself an elite reliever. Plus, it’s better for Miller to miss a potentially short period of time rather than exacerbating the injury and potentially missing a longer period of time, or pitching through the injury which could sap him of his effectiveness.
Miller, 30, put up a 2.04 ERA and a 100/20 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings in his first year with the Yankees last season. He signed a four-year, $36 million contract last offseason.