According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, New York Yankees‘ reliever Andrew Miller’s CT Scan on his right wrist revealed a chip fracture.
Up until today, this was the healthiest Yankee camp in recent memory. Yet baseball can change with one pitch, and one swing of the bat.
In the seventh inning of today’s ballgame against the Atlanta Braves, the first pitch that Miller threw was rocketed off the bat of Willians Astudillo. It deflected off his right wrist and caused him to exit the contest immediately.
Miller traveled back to Tampa for X-rays, which showed no damage. However, upon going for a CT scan, doctors discovered a chip fracture in his wrist. The next step for Miller is to visit hand specialist to determine the next step. Jack Curry was the first to report.
Looks like the historically epic bullpen has taken yet another hit.
Source: Andrew Miller's CT-scan revealed a chip fracture in right wrist. He will visit with a hand specialist to determine the next step.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 31, 2016
When Aroldis Chapman was suspended for his involvement in a domestic violence incident this off season, Miller was going to step in as the closer upon his return (May 9th).
In April of last season, Miller was 8-for-8 in save opportunities, had an ERA of 0.00, batters only batted .081, and the lefty had 20 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched. They won’t have that luxury, at least for now.
They will look for Betances to fill the void. He also had a 0.00 ERA, in fact he didn’t allow a run until June of 2015. The big righty standing at 6’8” also had a 13.9 K/9 rate, batters had a dismal .119 average against him, and batters only reached base 5 times off Betances in the first month of the season.
The Yankees could survive with just Betances, but they have to find an eighth inning man in the meantime to help build a bridge to their new closer, who is just as dominant.
The #Yankees confirm chip fracture for Miller
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 31, 2016
Next step: figure out how long Miller will be out for.
We’re also waiting on word on Bryan Mitchell, who also left the ballgame with a sprained toe. The reliever, who owns a .057 ERA this spring, limped off the field after covering first base on a ground ball. He too will go for a CT scan.
This is not the start the 2016 New York Yankees wanted to get off to, but they have to figure out a way to survive until the two injured members of the three headed monsters return.