The Indians announced on Wednesday that reliever Andrew Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Adam Plutko was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
Miller, 32, has struggled — relatively — since play resumed after the All-Star break. During the first half, he had a 1.42 ERA with a 67/10 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. In the second half, he has a 2.79 ERA with an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings. It’s not clear when Miller initially suffered the injury nor is it clear how long he’ll be absent.
The Indians enter Wednesday’s action 57-48, holding a two-game lead over the Royals for first place in the AL Central.
Plutko, 25, has spent the entire season with Columbus, posting a 6.71 ERA with a 79/41 K/BB ratio in 106 innings spanning 18 starts and one relief appearance. He’ll work out of the bullpen.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.