Miller’s activation from the DL comes after a second rehab stint for patella tendinitis in his right knee. The 32-year-old Miller last pitched for the Tribe on Aug. 21, when he left a game against the Red Sox. Two days later, the Indians began their American League-record 21-game winning streak, which they set on Wednesday by notching a 5-3 win over the Tigers at home.
Miller, a two-time All-Star, may appear for the Indians as early as in tonight’s game against the Royals in Cleveland. However, the Indians may limit his appearances in the regular season’s final two weeks so he can help them go on another run to the World Series, where they lost to the Cubs in seven games and Miller earned status as arguably the best reliever in the majors.
Last year in the playoffs, Miller went 2-0 with a 1.40 and 30 strikeouts in 19 1⁄3 innings pitched over 10 games. During the run, he was named the ALCS MVP.
This year, he is 4-3 with a career-best 2.7 WAR, a 1.65 ERA and 79 Ks in 54 2⁄3 innings.