In his second appearance since returning from injury, Cleveland Indians relief ace Andrew Miller left in obvious discomfort after throwing only seven pitches. If the look on Miller’s face and the fact that he left the field with a trainer isn’t enough to concern you, consider the quality of the pitches thrown.
Andrew Miller threw seven pitches, all fastballs. MPH: 90, 90, 88, 90, 91, 91, 92.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) August 22, 2017
His average FB this season? 95 mph. Yeah, he's not right
Miller spent a few weeks on the disabled list with patellar tendinitis, an injury effecting the strength and endurance of the knee. At the time of writing the Indians did not disclose any additional information regarding the nature of Miller’s discomfort tonight.
Here is the story of the Indians twitter account at the moment.
Through retweeting Jordan Bastian, the Indians official account confirmed what Andre Knott speculated on the television broadcast: a re-aggravated knee for Miller, and lower back tightness for Carlos Santana, who also exited in the 7th inning.
Updates from Indians:— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 22, 2017
Miller left with reaggravated right knee patella tendinitis.
Santana left with lower back tightness.
If you want a brief recap of Indians players that are currently battling the injury bug, here’s a list (NSFW):
- Corey Kluber
- Andrew Miller
- Josh Tomlin
- Jason Kipnis
- Lonnie Chisenhall
- Carlos Santana
Somebody please go into options and turn down the injury frequency slider.