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.
Miller (knee) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Thursday's game against the Royals. In an expected move, the Indians add Miller to the active roster following a three-week absence due to patellar tendinitis. The left-hander was able to toss a couple simulated games over the past week, and will ease back into his relief role for the Kansas City series this weekend.
Miller (knee) is expected to be activated from the DL on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. With a couple successful simulated games in the books, Miller is now ready to return, although pitching coach Mickey Callaway suggested the lefty will see "limited game action" during the Royals series. The Indians won't push their luck with Miller as he will be an important part of their postseason run. He made just two appearances upon his initial return last month before aggravating the knee issue.
Manager Terry Francona said Miller (knee) could be activated from the disabled list as early as Thursday, Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Miller already has a pair of simulated games under his belt, and the Indians are in the process of determining if he'll need another simulated outing before his activation. If Miller isn't ready to return by Thursday, he'll throw another simulated game with his return likely coming shortly thereafter. However, If he checks out before Thursday, look for him to return to Cleveland's bullpen in a high-leverage, multi-inning relief role for their series opener against the Royals.