X-rays reveal no broken bones in Miller's foot

X-rays reveal no broken bones in Miller's foot
July 7, 2013, 7:00 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For now, the news on Andrew Miller isn't as bad as first expected.
      
Miller, who went down with a left foot injury in the seventh inning of Saturday's 9-7 11-inning loss to the Angels and had to be helped off the field, was placed on the disabled list Sunday and was walking with a boot on the foot.
      
But x-rays didn't reveal a break and both the pitcher and the team are hopeful that he's suffering from merely a sprain or strain.
      
"We just don't know a whole lot right now," said Miller. "It's pretty sore. I can't really put any weight on it or anything. I'm flying back to Boston (Sunday night) to find out more and hopefully get it taken care of sooner rather than later . . . Hopefully, it's as minor as it can be and hopefully it doesn't take long."
      
Miller is set to undero an MRI which "should be a little bit more definitive. I'm no doctor, but the bones looked OK, which is good. We'll find out more. There's some sort of strain or sprain in there and hopefully it's pretty minimal and it's not something that takes too long to heal."
      
"Given all that is involved with the foot, an MRI is needed," said John Farrell.
      
In recounting the injury, Miller recalled a sharp single by J.B. Shuck back through the box.
      
"I watched the ball go into center field after not making a very good pitch," he said, "and I think I landed with all my body and tried to re-direct my momentum. I guess it was too much. It's one of those things where I guess I just landed in a funny angle. If I land a little bit
different, nothing happens. I just hit it at the perfect angle, I guess.
      
"When I went to go push off to go back home plate, that's when it happened. I watched the ball go one way and then planted with my left foot. As I planted, I tried to push off, I felt it pull. I think I felt it, fell and tried to get up again and then realized I wasn't going to go anywhere fast."
      
When he fell, Miller was "pretty worried. I could tell something was wrong. When (the trainer) came out to fiddle with it, it didn't feel very good. I thought I could walk for a minute and I couldn't put any weight on it. That's still worrisome, but I'm pretty optimistic it's nothing major. I think we'll find our more soon."
      
Miller was 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA and was averaging 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He was unscored upon in 17 of his last 21 outings before the injury and his absence and the ongoing injury to Frankin Morales (left pectoral pull), leaves Farrell with Craig Breslow as his only lefty in the bullpen.
      
"As well as (Miller) has pitched . . . a power lefthander in the bullpen . . . there's not too many of those types available to us," agreed Farrell. "It's a loss. But as we've addressed every other challenge and change, we'll find a way to meet the challenge. Our expectation doesn't change and that's to win tonight.
      
"Our options (for lefties) are limited. But we've got some righthanders who've had good success getting lefties out as well."
      
Farrell specifically mentioned Junichi Tazawa (.247 batting average against lefties), Andrew Bailey (.191 against) and Koji Uehara (.114 against) as options from the right side.
      
"I'm really disappointed," said Miller. "For me, I feel like I've been throwing the ball well and settling in."