Coming off a historic 2016 season, Andrew Miller missed time with patellar tendinitis in his knee and failed to approach his lofty 44.7 strikeout percentage from the previous season. He lost about one mph on his fastball, which might've been partially caused by his lower-body troubles, and his walk rate more than doubled to 8.3 percent. Even in his down year, though, Miller was outstanding, finishing ninth among relievers in FIP with a 1.99 mark (min. 30 innings). There's an outside shot of Miller earning more save chances this year, as 2018 marks the final year of closer Cody Allen's contract. Still, Cleveland will for the most part want to use the southpaw in his typical multiple-inning role. An investment in Miller will pack a bigger return in deep games where starting pitching thins out quickly, and in leagues with inning restrictions, where Miller's career 13.6 K/9 as a reliever will play up more.
Miller was able to return to the mound Thursday after missing the past couple days due to the flu, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Miller seems to be back to full health after stepping away from the team earlier this week in order to prevent the illness from spreading. The left-hander is coming off another excellent campaign, posting a 1.44 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with 95 strikeouts in 62.2 innings last season.
Miller returned to the team Wednesday after missing the past two days due to the flu, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Miller will likely be able to resume throwing Thursday if he's feeling up to it. The left-hander stepped away from the team as a precautionary measure in order to keep the illness from spreading, but he should be back to full health in the near future.
Miller is away from the team while dealing with the flu, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports. Miller was sent home Monday and has missed the previous two workouts while battling the illness. He should be back at camp shortly, where he'll once again prepare to open the season as an elite, and versatile, back-end arm for the Indians.
Miller retired the only Royal he faced Saturday to pick up his 22nd hold of the season. The left-hander needed just two pitches to get Lorenzo Cain to line out to center and end Kansas City's seventh-inning rally. Miller has now pitched in two games since he returned from a knee injury that sidelined him for multiple weeks. He looked more polished Saturday than he did in his first outing, a good sign for fantasy owners who are counting on Miller to rack up a few fantasy-worthy stats before season's end.
Miller (knee) made his return to the mound after a 23-day layoff, and allowed two hits while striking out one Royal in an inning of work Thursday. The big lefty shook off some rust with an 11-pitch seventh inning. Miller should return to his normal eighth-inning setup role once he gets back into a rhythm.