The Indians placed reliever Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list with an external impingement in his left shoulder. Which, I’m no doctor, but that sort of sounds like someone is just holding on to his shoulder or maybe put a chip clip on it or something. Seems like it could fixed pretty easily — far more easily than an internal impingement — but again, I must stress my lack of medical expertise here and will defer to actual physicians.
That aside, it’s the third trip to the DL this season for Miller who is not having that great a season even when he’s been healthy. Then again, if you’re on the DL three times it’s possible that you never actually were completely healthy anyway, right? An interesting philosophical question.
The Tribe called up Tyler Olson to to take Miller’s place.
The Cleveland Indians have either traded two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers or are on the verge of doing so. Jon Heyman says the deal is done. Others are reporting that it’s close. It is not clear yet what the Indians will be receiving in return in what seems like an inevitable transaction.
Kluber made only seven starts this past year thanks to a broken arm and a strained oblique muscle. When he did pitch he was no great shakes, posting a 5.80 ERA and 44 hits in 35.2 innings. Those were freak injuries that do not suggest long-term problems, however, so there’s a good reason to think he’ll bounce back to useful form, even if it’s a tough ask for him to return to the form that won him the 2014 and 2017 Cy Young Award.
Before his injury-wracked 2019 campaign, Kluber pitched over 200 innings in each of his previous five seasons so mileage could be an issue. For his career he’s 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA (134 ERA+), a 2.99 FIP, and a K/BB ratio of 1,461/292 over 1,341.2 innings in nine big league seasons.
Unless there is cash coming from Cleveland in the deal, the Rangers will be paying him $17.5 million this year and a 2021 option of $14 million pursuant to the five-year, $38.5 million contract he inked with Cleveland before the 2015 season.