Andrew Miller left last nights game after just two pitches and we all immediately started to freak out. Now the news is that the Cleveland Indians will put him on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain.
After Andrew Miller left the game last night, the hope was that it was nothing serious and he would just need a few days off. It was reported that Miller had felt this same pain 2 years ago and just needed a couple extra days rest. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Miller was put on the 10-day DL with a reported left hamstring strain and lefty Jeff Beliveau has been activated from Columbus. So now we must look at what this all means for the Cleveland Indians right now.
Better now than in September
As of right now, all we know is that Miller has a hamstring strain. The severity of the strain has not been revealed yet but a strain can many different things. It could be as simple as a tweak that just needs a good amount of rest, massaging, and heat or as severe as multiple weeks of therapy and rehab.
Either way, the silver lining is that this happened in April and not in the middle of an August/September playoff push like we saw last year. I’m not too terribly worried seeing that Miller has plenty of time to come back and Jordan Bastian’s tweet adds to that optimism.
Who is Jeff Beliveau?
It makes sense that we get to know the guy that will take the place of Miller for the time being. Beliveau is a 31 years-old lefty from Rhode Island. He was drafted by the Cubs back in 2008 and has spent time with the Rays, Orioles, and Blue Jays before signing with the Indians in November on minor league deal.
In his time with Columbus this year, he has pitched in seven games and has a pretty good ERA of 0.00. Beliveau has given up only two hits in 8.2 innings and has 14 strikeouts.
I am not saying that he is going to have the same success that he had in AAA but he does give the hope that the Tribe won’t be totally lost without Miller.
While he should only be up for the hopefully short time that Miller is gone based on Bastian’s tweet, Beliveau has a chance to put on a show and earn a long-term spot with the Cleveland Indians.