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.
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.