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Cleveland Indians Place Andrew Miller On DL

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Per Chad Thornburg of MLB.com, Indians reliever Andrew Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Thursday. The contract of left-hander Jeff Beliveau was selected from Triple-A Columbus.

Andrew Miller sustained the injury in the seventh inning of the Cleveland Indians 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. His outing lasted all of two pitches. There were two out with a runner on first base. After his second pitch to Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo, he grimaced, grabbed the back of his hamstring and motioned toward the dugout.

“With the DL being 10 days now, it just makes sense,” Miller said. “I don’t want to go on the DL. I don’t think it’s going to take 10 days. I’m more concerned with — I already talked to [pitching coach Carl Willis] about it — I felt like I was really sharpening up, and making sure we don’t lose that. So, I think it’s just you don’t want to hang 24 guys out to dry for, call it, seven or eight days, if you don’t have to. It’s the right thing to do, even if it’s not the most desirable thing for me personally.”

Andrew Miller’s move to the disabled list is costly to the Cleveland Indians because he has not allowed a run in his 11 relief appearances this season. He has struck out 17 batters in 10 innings.

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Andrew Miller attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, playing for the UNC Tar Heels. The Detroit Tigers selected him sixth overall in the 2006 amateur draft, and he made his major league debut that same season after three minor league appearances.

After commencing his career in MLB with a 5.70 earned run average (ERA) over 66 starts with Detroit and Florida, he converted to full-time relief in 2012 with Boston, and has since served in middle relief, setup and closer roles. The Red Sox traded Miller to the Orioles in 2014, and Miller signed as a free agent with the Yankees after the season. The Yankees traded Miller to the Indians during the 2016 season. He has pitched in four playoffs, including with Baltimore, New York and Cleveland.

Now Beliveau has a chance to come in and show he can stay on the Major League level.

Beliveau, 31, signed a Minor League contract with the Indians during the offseason. He’s pitched in parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Cubs, Rays and Blue Jays. He began the season with Columbus and has pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings, holding opposing hitters to a .071 batting average with 14 strikeouts.

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