The Indians have placed lefty reliever Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, per a club announcement Thursday. Miller exited Wednesday’s game against the Cubs after throwing just two pitches.
While the severity of Miller’s injury is not yet known, his loss is bound to be a big one for Cleveland no matter what. Fortunately for the Indians, they still have another very good lefty reliever in Tyler Olson who can help to pick up the slack in Miller’s absence.
Miller, 32, is unscored upon through 11 appearances (10 innings) this season. He’s allowed six hits and four walks while striking out 17 hitters over that span. He’s been lights-out for the entirety of his tenure in Cleveland, posting a 1.33 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP with 158 strikeouts over 94 appearances (101.2 innings).
Interestingly, though Miller isn’t a guy who’s had to do a whole lot of running as a pitcher, he’s suffered his fair share of leg injuries throughout his 13-year big-league career. He spent two stints on the disabled list with right knee patellar tendonitis last year, missed half of the 2013 season after having foot surgery, and missed over a month with a left hamstring strain — the same injury he has now — in 2012.
Veteran lefty Jeff Beliveau will replace Miller on the Indians’ 25-man roster. Lefty Jack Leathersich, who was pithing with the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Beliveau.