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Indians set to activate All-Star reliever Miller

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

CLEVELAND -- As if they were not already rolling, the Indians are getting back All-Star Andrew Miller.

Baseball's hottest team plans to activate the elite left-hander Thursday, ending his second stint on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right knee and giving the Indians their best reliever.

Despite not having Miller in their bullpen, the Indians have tied the American League record with 20 straight wins entering Wednesday's series finale against the Detroit Tigers.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said the club hopes to have Miller pitch in Thursday's game in a low-leverage situation where he gets one out in an inning. From there, the Indians will give Miller a few days off and then steadily increase his workload to prepare him for the postseason.

Miller spent two weeks on the disabled in early August, returned and made just two appearances before he pulled out Aug. 21 against the Boston Red Sox. The Indians want to make certain this time that Miller is good to go for October.

Miller threw a simulated game Monday, and Callaway said the 32-year-old appears stronger than the previous time he came off the DL.

"He feels great," Callaway said. "The mechanics of it, the way he's bracing himself when he's throwing his slider, which was the real issue when his knee was bothering him, are all really good. We have been keeping track of the numbers during his simulated games and the spin, the velocity, the break, all those things are well in line with what he does during the season.

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