Miller shut down
Top prospect Adam Miller’s Minor League season is conceivably over. According to head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff, Miller will be shut down from throwing for eight weeks after having surgery performed on the middle finger of his right throwing hand Tuesday. After eight weeks, Miller will begin a return-to-throw program in either Winter Haven or Goodyear, so the odds of him coming back in time to rejoin the Bisons are slim.
Last year, Miller suffered a strain on the pulley system in that finger. The hope was that he could come back without surgery. But the strain caused his tendon to sag, and his skin, as a result of rubbing against the baseball so often, developed two hardened calluses and an open hole. Team hand surgeon Dr. Tom Graham decided to perform the surgery to reinforce the pulley system.
Tough blow for the Indians, who hoped Miller could help them this season — either in the rotation or bullpen.