As if losing three straight games wasn’t enough bad news for the Indians, the team took another hit today when they announced that pitcher Andrew Miller was placed on the disabled list. Furthermore, it was reported that starter Josh Tomlin, recently put on the ten-day DL, would be out of commission for far longer than that.
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported earlier today that Miller (left in the photo above) has been placed on the ten-day disabled list with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Miller, usually among the most reliable of pitchers, has had his share of bad outings recently. The lefty gave up a three-run double in Tuesday’s 12-10 loss to the Red Sox, in addition to hitting a batter and giving up a walk. The club has recalled right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko from AAA Columbus to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Via Twitter, Bastian also reported that Tomlin (right in the photo above) will miss six weeks of action after an MRI showed mild to moderate left hamstring tendon strain. Tomlin had been put on the ten-day DL following his short outing on July 30, when he was removed from the game after four hitless and scoreless innings. The right-handed pitcher had been part of Tribe manager Terry Francona‘s brief experiment with a six-man starting rotation after making three solid consecutive starts in July. The rotation now consists of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer.
The Indians play the Red Sox in Fenway Park in the last of a three-game series this evening. Bauer will start for the Tribe.