No More Miller Time in Boston

270px-Andrew_Miller_on_July_20,_2011Andrew Miller left the game Saturday night with an unknown foot injury. He was sent back to Boston to meet with a foot specialist. After the visit, the news came out that the injury to his foot will require surgery. The recovery time is expected to be longer than the remainder of the season, and so he is expected to miss the remainder of the year. This hurts the Red Sox bullpen as Miller had become one of John Farrell’s most reliable relievers. Miller had a record of 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA. He had 48 strikeouts and 17 walks in 30 innings pitched with the Red Sox this year.

The loss of Miller is a big blow to the Red Sox bullpen at a time when they need him most. Franklin Morales is also on the DL with no certain time-table for return leaving Craig Breslow as the solo left-handed pitcher in the Red Sox bullpen for the time being. Ben Cherrington spoke out today on the replacement for Miller, hinting that he would like to keep the replacement internal if possible. Internally, current minor leaguers Ryan Rowland-Smith (1.03 ERA) and Drake Britton (3.51 ERA as a starter) lead the possibilities. Externally, all eyes seem to be looking at Chicago White Sox left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton who is definitely available via trade. Thornton 3.04 ERA this season, is quite effective against left handed batters (2.51 ERA), but has been struggling against right handers (3.65 ERA). In the next few weeks, as the deadline approaches the bullpen situation should become a lot clearer.

Tyler Moore- MLB Contributor- Title Town Sports

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