Miller shut down, and other updates

The Adam Miller finger saga continues, and it’s drastically going to affect his ability to compete for a bullpen spot.

Miller will be shut down another week to 10 days because of soreness in his right middle finger, head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said. After that period, Miller will begin an expedited return-to-throw program that will last about two weeks. The tentative goal is to get him in about four to six Cactus League games after that point.

Hard to imagine the Indians would see enough of Miller or be confident enough in his finger to bring him north at that point, but you never know.

I’ll have more info on this up on the Indians.com site in a little bit.

Also want to update you on the Shin-Soo Choo situation. I had reported that it was a triceps issue, not an elbow issue. But as any renowned doctor will tell you, the triceps runs just above the elbow, so they can certainly be interrelated.

That being said, by all accounts around here, Choo’s injury does not appear to be serious. Best guess is that he is limited to DH duties for the South Korean team. The Indians’ biggest problem with the situation is that they don’t have their trainers working with Choo. It leads to some uncomfortability. But Choo is the only Major Leaguer on that team and there is a lot of pressure on him to play for his country.

Lastly, I had written that Kerry Wood would throw a bullpen today. If you’re really obsessive, it was actually a live batting practice session. He threw to David Dellucci and Andy Marte, and his slider looked particularly nasty. Wood feels and looks good. He’ll throw a simulated session Saturday and is expected to pitch in Tuesday’s game. 

8 Comments

Do the Indians have the ability to send a trainer with Choo? Or would that be spreading them too thin?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Does that surprise anyone? Just about any pitcher would look good against the likes of Marte and Dellucci, Not that great of competition. Good to hear though.
Keep up the great job Anthony.

Looks like I might be seeing Miller again in Columbus, this time for the home team. I really hope he’s worth the wait. When I saw him with Buffalo a year or two ago his speed was amazing but his control was a little scary.

Just in case you were wondering whether Andy Marte was still in Eric Wedge’s doghouse.

“Sure, Andy, you can take batting practice today. (snicker). Get out there and hit off Wood.”

I am so excited about Wood this year. I just hope he is finally healthy again.
I feel bad for Miller though.
Melissa

hilarious

Hard to imagine the Indians would see enough of Miller or be confident enough in his finger to bring him north….

I grew up in cleveland too, but as a guy that now lives in california I must tell you as much as I love the phrase “bring him north” now that the tribe is in the Cactus League we might have to break from the “bring him north” tradition.

unless they plan to move “the prog” to wyoming.

great blog

Henry – I believe “bring him north” referred to bringing him up from Columbus to Cleveland. That wouldn’t have really made sense referring to Winter Haven being that Buffalo was farther (and more directly north) than Cleveland.

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