Buffalo Bisons pitcher Adam Miller, the Cleveland Indians' No. 1 prospect, has been shut down for 10-14 days because of inflammation in his pitching elbow and could miss most of the remainder of the Herd's season.
Miller did not make his scheduled start for the Herd against Charlotte Tuesday in Dunn Tire Park because he has been at Jacobs Field the last two days getting treatments. The elbow inflammation was diagnosed Monday night.
Miller missed six weeks of the Bisons' season earlier this year due to a strained tendon on his pitching hand but Indians officials said this injury was unrelated. Tribe spokesman Bart Swain said Miller felt soreness in the elbow during his July 14 start at Durham and again July 19 at Charlotte.
Miller pitched two scoreless appearances in June after returning but has been shelled in four July outings (0-2, 17.18 ERA). His velocity has been fine since the finger injury, in the high 90s, but his pitches have lacked movement.
"There's absolutely no correlation to his finger," Swain said. "His finger is asymptomatic. His mechanics have not changed at all."
Only after the shutdown can Miller begin throwing. And it might take a couple more weeks for him to be ready. So with just 42 games left on the Buffalo schedule, it's fair to say Miller may not be available for many of them.
The injury is even more alarming because Miller missed the first half of 2005 with another elbow injury while he was in Class A.
"Anytime you're talking about something in the same region, it's something you have to consider and take a look at," said Tribe manager Eric Wedge. "Hopefully, it's not related."