Santana, Miller both go under the knife
Two of the Tribe’s top prospects have had surgery.
For catcher Carlos Santana, the surgery spells a delay in his offseason conditioning. For right-hander Adam Miller, it could spell the end of a once-promising career.
Santana had surgery Tuesday to remove a broken hamate bone from his right hand.
Santana had been pulled out of winter league action in the Dominican because of the flu bug. When he recovered enough to take batting practice, he noticed the hand injury and was shut down. The surgery should prevent him from hitting for about eight to 10 weeks, but it shouldn’t prevent him from being ready for Opening Day at Triple-A Columbus.
“It’s not a setback at all,” manager Manny Acta said. “We’re thankful it was discovered this early. The only downfall is that he wasn’t able to get some playing time in winter ball and make some improvements in certain areas that we wanted him to make.”
Miller, meanwhile, was in the process of rehabbing from the career-threatening surgeries he had on his right middle finger earlier this year. The surgeries aimed to stabilize the flexor tendon in the finger, and the hope was that Miller would be ready to pitch by Spring Training, with an aim on rejuvenating a career that had been thrown out of whack by injuries.
But Miller experienced yet another setback while playing catch at the Goodyear, Ariz., complex, and now the Indians have no timetable for his return to baseball activities. Considering Miller has pitched just 28 2/3 innings in the Minors over the last two years, the chances of him making it to the big leagues seem slimmer than ever.
More info to come on Indians.com.