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Andrew Miller to have surgery on foot, expected to miss rest of season

Jul 8, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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Bad news for the Red Sox bullpen this evening, as Sean McAdam of passes along word that left-hander Andrew Miller needs surgery on his left foot and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Miller injured his foot Saturday while getting off the mound to back up home plate was placed on the disabled list yesterday. It turns out that he’s dealing with ligament damage.

It’s really too bad, as Miller has seemingly found a niche with the Red Sox over the past two seasons. The 28-year-old has a 2.64 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings this season.

We heard yesterday that the Red Sox were reportedly targeting White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton. They figure to intensify their pursuit of relief help now that Miller is done for the year.

  1. giantssb42champs - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Big loss.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    The Red Sox might offer Bard and Bailey for Thornton, but Chicago would likely decline that type of deal.

    • tuberippin - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      Nobody wants Bard for anything less than a low-level minor leaguer. When you can’t get hitters out in the minors, let alone the majors, you’re not going to be worth a quality reliever.

      and Andrew Bailey is damaged goods.

  3. aceshigh11 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Damn. This guy was a rock in the bullpen this year.

    Hope he recovers and comes back strong next year.

  4. hittfamily - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    It appears the Sox won’t be waiting til September to collapse this year. The only question is whether they’ll be in second place to the Rays by the all-star break or the trading deadline. I Farrell can keep this bunch of losers above the Rays all the way to the trading deadline, give him the AL Manager of the Year award already.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      What a stupid-ass comment.

      The Red Sox have the best record in the American League, the best home record in baseball, and have the biggest lead in first among the three divisions.

      They lead the majors in runs, OBP, OPS, and doubles. They’re second in batting average, hits, and slugging, and among the top in run differential.

      They’re in the top 1/3 in most pitching categories.

      This, despite even most BOSTON area sportswriters picking the Sox for dead-last place.

      But they’re losers, eh? Let me guess: deranged Yankee fan?

      • drewzducks - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        With a name like that it sounds as though he was beaten as a child.

      • hittfamily - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Well you could spout off every stat that doesn’t matter. Or you could spout off stats that do matter. They had a 9 game lead over the Rays 2 weeks ago. The Rays were in last place in the AL Beast 2 weeks ago. It’s currently 4, and counting. They currently are losing to the surging M’s, so I bet it’s 3.5 by the end of the night.

        You can keep OPS, OBP, and doubles. I just point to the scoreboard. A big division lead, turned into a small division lead. What was a 6 game lead Saturday is just 3.5 (in a few hours) today. The Rays finish the first half against the White Sox and the Astros. The Sawx go to Seattle and Oakland. The Sawx will be lucky to be in 4th place by August. Which is about right where they normally finish. They haven’t made the playoffs this decade, and haven’t won the division since 2007.

        The Sox’s best pitcher is Lackey. He’d be in AAA if he wore a Rays uniform.

      • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        6-2 Mariners over Sawx in the 6th. This must be painful after what happened in 2011. Karl Rove still thinks the Sawx can pull it out in the end.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        You mean to tell me the Sox are going to lose a game tonight (against the great Felix Hernandez, mind you)?

        They’re not going to go 162-0?

        My world is crumbling.

        This is a really piss-poor attempt at trolling on your part. The fact of the matter is the Red Sox are a better team than whichever one you follow. They may very well falter down the stretch, but they’ve already far exceeded the fans’ expectations this year.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        I do appreciate the Karl Rove jab at least.

      • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        7-2 now. OMG! It is just like 2011, except the Sawx collapsed in July.

      • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        This isn’t trolling. It’s truth telling. How have they exceeded expectations? They have the 4th highest salary in baseball at 158 million. They are doing what they should be doing. Except they are losing ground nightly to a team with 1/3 their payroll. The Sawx are bleeding, and their isn’t a big enough band aid to stop it.

        The Sawx were given a gift. With the exception of a right handed relief pitcher, all their players are healthy. The Yanks are missing their #2-6 hitters. The Rays had their 3rd best hitter in AAA, the reigning Cy Young winner on the DL for most of the year and the AL East’s best’s best pitcher this year got hit in the head with a batted ball.

        The Sawx had a nice run. As superior teams get healthy, their run will end. I just didn’t expect their demise to happen this quickly.

        10-2 Seattle! Iwakuma tomorrow. 2.5 games up 24 hours from now. Sawx fans shouldn’t be feeling too confident!

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        The Sox had won 13 of 15 games prior to losing three in a row.

        This is not an unheard-of skid for even the best teams, yet you call it their demise.

        I’m finished with you. You’re clearly just trying to get under my skin with your childish, passive-aggressive bullshit.

      • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

        Amaro is going to keep Lee. Garza will be extended. Feldman and Nolasco have already been traded. There are no upgrades for the Sawx to get. If this is the best the Sawx can do, wait til Elsbury and Ortiz have to make their yearly trips to the DL. Where is Darnell McDonald when you need him?

      • xavier46 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:41 AM

        Lackey’s ERA is 2.80, better than any Rays starter; but your right, they’d probably keep him in Durham.

        Buchholz, Hanrahan, Morales, Miller, Drew, Ross, and Kalish currently on DL, or as you say, a reliever.

        Keep speaking the truth.

  5. xavier46 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    “The Rays had their 3rd best hitter in AAA, the reigning Cy Young winner on the DL for most of the year and the AL East’s best’s best pitcher this year got hit in the head with a batted ball.”

    1. It’s no one else’s fault the Rays are cheap.

    2. Price has made 11 starts, not exactly on the DL for “most of the year.”

    3. No, Clay Buchholz did not get hit in the head with a batted ball.

    Thanks for playing. That’s gonna be a hellish hangover you have in the morning.

    • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Technically, I should have said the best pitcher in the AL East that doesn’t cheat. Hopefully, Bucholtz has learned his lesson from his super secret suspension for using foreign substances, and comes back to be the same 1 WAR player he was prior to learning how to grease a ball.

      Price’s velocity was down all year. He goes to the DL for a month, comes back throwing gas, and has allowed 1 run over 16 innings since returning.

      John LACKey better watch his ass or Joyce will take him deep again!

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