Andrew Miller’s hamstring injury has landed him on the 15 day DL. Fernando Rodney was recalled from his rehab assignment and will take Miller’s spot in the rotation. Presumably Chad Durbin or Zach Miner would take Miller’s place in the rotation.
Andrew Miller has amassed 131 innings between the minors and the majors this year. I didn’t expect him to be pitching much beyond this point in his first full year of professional ball, so I don’t think this loss will be as great as it first seems. True, they have to replace his production in the rotation, but that was something I thought they would need to be doing later this month anyways. Who knows, maybe this will actually give his arm a little time and extend his season.
As for Miller’s outing last night, the 4th inning seemed to take a toll on him as he amassed 36 pitches, and only 8 of those topped 91mph.
As for Rodney, I thought it was curious that the Tigers were adamant that he perform well in Toledo before bringing him back. He hadn’t done well enough prior to Miller’s injury and yet now he’s ready? I know that sometimes you have to improvise, but the team was content being a reliever short last night with Chad Durbin not available. If they thought he wasn’t ready 24 hours ago, and he didn’t pitch last night, what makes him more ready tonight?