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Indians notes: Andrew Miller placed on disabled list for third time this season

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CLEVELAND — It had already been a disappointing, injury-filled season for Andrew Miller.

It got a little worse Wednesday.

Miller, who left the disabled list Aug. 3, is headed back there again — this time with bursitis in his left shoulder.

The Indians are not concerned it’s a serious injury for Miller, who has already spent two stints on the DL and has appeared in only 27 games this year, posting a 3.38 ERA.

Left-hander Tyler Olson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to fill in for Miller, who received a cortisone injection and will be shut down for 4-5 days, according to manager Terry Francona.

“It was the right thing to do for him,” Francona said. “We’ve talked about it before, even when it’s maybe not convenient you need to do the right thing. Andrew is going to pitch for a long time and he’s carried such a big load for us that we need too look out for him a little bit, too.”

Francona said Miller informed the team of the injury Tuesday after an off-day Monday. Francona was unaware whether it has been an issue for Miller since he left his last DL stint — a two-plus month stay with right knee inflammation.

“That’s a hard one because ... my guess is every single pitcher probably feels something, but when he voiced it (Tuesday), that’s when we sat down and started to investigate it a little bit more,” Francona said.

Miller’s knee hasn’t been an issue, nor has the left hamstring strain that caused him to miss two weeks at the end of April, Francona said.

“He’s doing really well with that,” he said. “In fact, I saw him in (the weight room) and he was working on that and he can continue to do that stuff. We’ve lost a little time for him to pitch, but if he comes back and he feels good, the idea that he can still be Andrew — maybe not as much volume.

“Once we get to (roster expansion) Sept. 1, we’re just going to go off of Andrew. We’re going to do what’s right by him. We’ll update (the media) as we go. We just don’t know what that is.”

Miller, the 2016 ALCS MVP, has been bothered by injuries the past two seasons. He made only 11 appearances from Aug. 2 to the end of the regular season last year, spending two stints on the injured list with tendinitis in his right knee.

“Sometimes things happen so you just do the best you can,” Francona said. “He’s not going to quit and we’re not going to quit either. You make adjustments when you have to.”

Olson enjoyed a breakout rookie season last year, working scoreless outings in each of his 30 appearances (20 innings). The performance earned him a spot in the bullpen to open 2018, but he’s struggled, posting a 6.75 ERA over 32 games (20 innings).

“You see that sometimes. Guys burst on to the scene and it’s almost like you’re playing with house money,” Francona said. “Then all of a sudden you’ve got to show up in April and they put pressure on themselves or whatever. It’s still nice to have him back because we know what he can do and we know what kind of kid he is, what kind of teammate he is, how much he cares.”

Injured Indians

Reliever Neil Ramirez (lower-back spasms) and outfielder Rajai Davis (non-baseball medical condition) made rehab appearances for Double-A Akron on Wednesday.

Ramirez (0-2, 4.59 ERA in 37 games) is scheduled to make another rehab appearance Friday, this time with Columbus.

Minor details

  • Akron beat Bowie 7-3 Tuesday to clinch a spot in the Eastern League playoffs. The RubberDucks (75-59) entered Wednesday tied with Altoona atop the Western Division.
  • Catcher Eric Haase hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs for Columbus in a 4-2 win at Toledo on Tuesday. Haase, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, entered Wednesday batting .232 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs in 118 games.
  • Columbus outfielder Brandon Barnes was named an International League postseason all-star. Barnes, 32, was signed as a minor league free agent this offseason and has spent the entire year with the Clippers, batting .273 with 13 homers and 78 RBIs in 126 games through Tuesday.  

Roundin’ third

  • The Indians entered Wednesday with a 17-8 record in August, which was tied with Atlanta and Oakland for the second-most wins during the month behind St. Louis’ 20.
  • Francisco Lindor entered Wednesday with a major league-leading 108 runs. The Indians haven’t had a player reach 110 runs since Grady Sizemore in 2007.
  • In six games since leaving the disabled list, Edwin Encarnacion was batting .318 (7-for-22) with three homers and eight RBIs through Tuesday. Encarnacion entered Wednesday ranked fourth in the AL with 89 RBIs.
Contact Chris Assenheimer at (440) 329-7136 or Like him on Facebook and follow him @CAwesomeheimer on Twitter.

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