Andrew Miller’s first season as the New York Yankees’ closer is now on hold, as the left-hander is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left forearm.
The off-season acquisition has a slight strain in his flexor mass muscle, manager Joe Girardi said.
Miller said he reported the pain after pitching in Tuesday night's win. But, Girardi added, Miller told the team he'd felt it for a little while.
Miller won't throw the ball for 10 days and then the Yankees will decide what to do with their impressive lefty.
Dellin Betances will likely take over as closer, Girardi said.
Miller signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Yankees as a free agent this offseason and quickly took over the closer role. And he has been nothing short of spectacular. So far, he's saved 17 games with a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 innings while holding opponents to a .090 batting average.
The Yankees haven't decided who will take Miller's 25-man roster spot, said Girardi, who added the team doesn't think Tommy John surgery will be necessary because Miller's ulnar collateral ligament is intact.
Girardi added that the injury will make him wonder whether he overused Miller.