The Indians activated Andrew Miller from the disabled list today.
Miller had been out since April 25 due to a strained left hamstring, missing 14 games. In his absence the Indians went 5-9 and, not surprisingly, the bullpen was a problem, with Cleveland relievers compiling a 9.50 ERA in 36 innings without their lefty fireman. The Tribe still leads the AL Central, but that’s mostly because the AL Central is terrible. The Indians have an 18-18 record overall.
Miller has appeared in 11 games this year, pitching 10 innings. He has not allowed a run and has struck out 17 batters, walked only four and has allowed only six hits.
The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.
Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.
The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.