Andrew Miller was finally finding his place as a left-hander reliever for the Boston Red Sox, but the 28 year old will likely undergo surgery on his left foot and will miss the remainder of the season. Manager John Farrell confirmed the news prior to the team’s game Monday evening in Seattle.
Miller had been placed on the disabled list following Saturday’s game with what was initially described as a sprained ankle. He’d reportedly hurt himself backing up home plate during the team’s game that day in Anaheim and the team sent him back to Boston for further examination. The team’s foot specialist, Dr. George Theodore, discovered ligament damage in Miller’s left foot in an MRI exam conducted Monday morning and recommended surgery.
Having struggled to establish himself as a starter early in his career, the Red Sox elected to convert Miller into a reliever full time last season. He’d respond with some solid numbers in 2012 but was performing at an even higher rate this season. In 37 appearances he’d thrown 30.2 IP, posting a 2.64 ERA and 1.370 WHIP with an impressive 14.1 K/9. Despite a high walk rate (5.0 BB/9) he’d been showing improved control on the mound this season, in part due to some adjustments that the team made to his delivery this past winter.