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The news on Miller is not good

Miller CLEVELAND -- I hope I'm wrong. But I'm starting to think we've seen the last of Adam Miller on the mound at Dunn Tire Park this season.

The Indians' announcement Tuesday that their top pitching prospect had an MRI on his elbow last night and is being shut down for 10-14 days raises all kinds of red flags. And none of them are good. Miller had given up 21 runs on 26 hits in just 11 innings this month for the Bisons and his pitches, although still maintaining good velocity, were too straight and fat.

The talk at Jacobs Field Tuesday was that the Indians hope Miller's elbow calms down in a couple weeks and he can start to throw again. There's no talk of shutting him down for the year. Yet.

But close Indians watchers fear Miller might be headed for surgery because he had elbow trouble two years ago but opted for rest that time. Miller is only 22 and it might be time to get the elbow cleaned out so he can have the kind of career everyone thinks he'll have.

But there's a big danger there -- have the surgery and it might mean we don't see Miller again until 2009.

---Mike Harrington

(Adam Miller photo: Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

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