Monday, July 8, 2013
Miller likely lost for season
By Adam Lewis, Special to ESPNBoston.com
SEATTLE -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said reliever Andrew Miller will need surgery to repair a ligament in his left foot and likely will miss the rest of the season.
The left-hander was forced to leave Saturday’s game in Anaheim after injuring his foot while running to back up home plate. The club placed Miller on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and flew him back to Boston for more tests, their concern elevating when the lefty complained of more soreness. Initial X-rays came back negative.
“He’s going to need surgery and it’s unlikely he’ll be back this year,” Farrell said at Safeco Field. “There is damage to a ligament that has to be repaired.”
Farrell said he wasn’t sure which ligament was injured or when the surgery will take place.
“Given the way he has pitched and that he is a power left-hander in the bullpen it is (a significant loss),” Farrell said.
Miller was 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 30.2 innings. He struck out 48, walked 17 and showed improved control after the Red Sox worked with him to reduce his big leg kick this offseason.
“There’s many examples of lefties coming along at different points and times in their career, and he was an example of that,” Farrell said. “It was happening a little bit later in his career than we first anticipated. He was well on his way to becoming a dominant left-handed reliever.”