Cleveland activates closer Miller off DL
The Cleveland Indians have top reliever Andrew Miller, one baseball’s best, back at their disposal. Obviously, they’ve managed OK without him.
The nasty left-hander was activated from the disabled list on Thursday after recovering from knee tendinitis over the past three weeks, which happened to coincide with the Indians reeling off an AL record 21 straight wins, the second-longest streak in 101 years. While off to the side, Miller has enjoyed it. “They’ve been an incredible team to watch,” Miller said Thursday before the Indians played Kansas City. “It’s been a lot of fun. It’s not a lot of fun to miss out, but they’ve been exciting to watch and have found a lot of different ways and pretty good baseball across the board. It’s a tribute the staff and what kind of team we have and the types of players we have and hopefully it’s a nice building block to where we want to go.”
The Indians have one goal: winning the World Series. And to do that, they’ll need Miller, who dominated last year’s postseason like few relievers ever.
Miller hasn’t pitched since Aug. 21, when he pulled himself from an appearance in Boston and went on the DL for the second time with tendinitis in his right knee. The Indians started their streak three days later.
Around the majors
• Major League Baseball hopes to hold a special meeting before November to vote on approving the sale of the Marlins to a group headed by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman that includes former Yankee Derek Jeter.
• The Red Sox activated left-hander David Price (elbow) from the disabled list and plan to use him out of the bullpen.