The Indians announced that they have activated reliever Andrew Miller from the 60-day disabled list.
Miller has been on the DL since May 26 with right knee inflammation. He has missed 72 games total this season in two separate DL stints. When he last went on the shelf he was 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 17 relief appearances, striking out 23 in 14.1 innings pitched. It really hasn’t been much of a season for the guy.
The Indians — who have suffered so much from poor relief pitching all year that they acquired Brad Hand just before the trade deadline — will really get a boost if the old Miller is back. His rehab stint was successful at least, with the lefty posting an ERA of 1.93 in 5 outings at Single-A Lake County, Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.
To make room for Miller on the roster, righty Zach McAllister was designated for assignment.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.