Miller Returns from DL as Olson Placed on Paternity List
Bob Toth | On 11, May 2018
Over the last two weeks, the Cleveland Indians have faced a harsh reminder of the significance that Andrew Miller has on the team’s success as the bullpen has floundered in his absence while he dealt with a left hamstring strain.
The relief staff can begin to settle back in to its old roles, or at least they can within a few more days, as the Indians activated their All-Star left-hander from the 10-day disabled list and placed fellow southpaw Tyler Olson on paternity leave.
Olson could be away from the club anywhere from one to three days as a result of his placement on the temporary list.
The Indians, since Miller exited a Wednesday night contest against the Chicago Cubs on April 25, have incidentally had a tough time finding their way into the win column consistently. The team split the series with the Cubs as well as a doubleheader with Toronto and a two-gamer with Milwaukee, won two of three from Texas, dropped three of four against Seattle, and was swept in three straight by the New York Yankees.
At the time the Indians lost Miller, he was making his eleventh appearances, with six hits, four walks, and two hit batters allowed in ten scoreless innings of work. He had struck out 17 batters, including one in every outing until he was unable to complete the at bat against the Cubs after several pitches thrown.
In the last two weeks, the Indians bullpen has statistically been one of the worst in baseball in many key areas. The staff has thrown just 33 innings, one of the lowest amounts in that span, but has amassed a 10.09 ERA and 7.83 FIP during those games, easily the worst numbers in all of baseball. The bullpen is also averaging three homers and six walks per nine innings in the last two weeks, both rates the worst in baseball. The staff has combined to leave just 62.7% of runners on base, also the worst figure in the game.
Miller opted not to go on a rehab assignment prior to returning to the active roster. His activation will allow other relievers to slide back into their more familiar roles, including Olson when he returns from paternity leave.
Olson had pitched just three times in May and had his worst outing of the season in the first game of the doubleheader with Toronto, when he allowed two walks and two hits, including the game-winning grand slam, in the eleventh inning of a 13-11 loss. He has been effective overall this season despite some of the bloated numbers and he has struck out 17 in 12 innings of 15 games. The only three batters that he has walked have come in his last two appearances and two-thirds of his runs allowed this year have come over his last four outings, all since Miller went down.
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