In­di­ans take big hits

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

The Cleve­land In­di­ans’ pitch­ing staff has taken two big hits: All-Star An­drew Miller is on the dis­abled list, and starter Josh Tom­lin is out six weeks. Miller was placed on the DL on Wed­nes­day with right knee ten­dini­tis, an in­jury that could ex­plain his re­cent wild­ness. One of base­ball’s best re­liev­ers, Miller pitched in Tues­day night’s 12-10 loss at Boston, giv­ing up Ed­uardo Nunez’s three-run dou­ble off the Green Mon­ster. Miller is 4-3 with 2 saves and a 1.67 ERA in 46 ap­pear­ances this sea­son. He was ac­quired at the trad­ing dead­line last year from the New York Yan­kees, and the left-han­der was in­stru­men­tal in Cleve­land mak­ing it to the World Se­ries for the first time since 1997. He has not been him­self lately, walk­ing 10 bat­ters in the past 21 in­nings. Miller only walked nine bat­ters in 741/3 in­nings last sea­son. The In­di­ans re­called right-han­der Adam Plutko from Class AAA Colum­bus to take Miller’s spot on the ac­tive ros­ter. As for Tom­lin, his sea­son could be in jeop­ardy af­ter an MRI con­firmed a “mild-to-mod­er­ate” left ham­string ten­don strain. The In­di­ans said Tom­lin is ex­pected to miss at least six weeks be­fore he can re­turn to ma­jor league games. Tom­lin was pulled be­fore the fifth in­ning of Sun­day’s game against the Chicago White Sox. He is 7-9 with a 5.38 ERA in 20 starts.

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