CLEVELAND — The long-awaited return of reliever Andrew Miller won’t take place anytime soon.
“For the foreseeable future he’s going to throw some bullpens,” manager Terry Francona said of Miller, who has been sidelined since May 26 with right knee inflammation. “We might even get him on the mound just so we can get some information. That’s probably going to take us up to the All-Star break (July 16-19). Then you’ve got the break. We’ll see.”
Miller threw from the mound for the first time in weeks Friday at Progressive Field. Pitching coach Carl Willis said it went well.
“By Carl’s account, you can really tell the difference, that he’s getting a little more sure of himself,” Francona said. “The good news is that he really is making strides. My goodness, if we can get him back in time to get him on a roll, that’s the biggest goal.”
In other injury news:
- Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (left calf strain) will be examined by team doctors Saturday.
“It’s a fairly significant strain, so we know he’s going to miss considerable time,” Francona said of Chisenhall, who already missed nearly two months this season with a right calf strain. “I don’t think we know (how much) yet. Hopefully we’ll have a little more clarification as he sees the proper doctors.”
- Left-hander Tyler Olson (left lat strain) was scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Columbus on Friday and is expected to pitch for the Clippers again Saturday.
- Center fielder Bradley Zimmer (right shoulder strain) is rehabbing in Arizona but has yet to begin baseball activities. He injured the shoulder shortly after being sent down to clear a roster spot for Chisenhall.
- Right-hander Nick Goody (right elbow inflammation) has been shut down since May 4.
“He’ll get a medical recheck in two or three days to determine his next step,” Francona said.
- Right-hander Evan Marshall (right elbow inflammation) has begun playing catch. He’s been on the disabled list since June 19
“He felt pretty good, but there’s no timetable or anything, but at least he’s starting to play catch,” Francona said.
The Indians acquired reliever James Hoyt from the Astros in exchange for Class A Lake County pitcher Tommy DeJuneas, assigning the right-hander to Columbus.
Hoyt, 31, has spent the majority of the season at the Triple-A level, posting five saves and a 2.25 ERA over 25 games. He owns a career 4.40 ERA in 66 games for the Astros since 2016.
The Indians activated right-hander Carlos Carrasco from the disabled list to start Friday, designating reliever George Kontos for assignment to clear a roster spot.
Francona said there would be no anxious moments when Carrasco took the mound for the first time since being struck on the right elbow by a line drive June 16.
“No, I think he’s fine,” Francona said. “He went and did his rehab start (June 30) just to make sure we didn’t have to look for anything. His stuff was electric. The same thing happened when he pulled his hamstring a few years back. He came back and he was like, rejuvenated. So that’s the hope, that he got a little bit of a break and it’ll really help.”
Kontos appeared in six games for Cleveland, allowing two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.
Outfielder Melky Cabrera re-signed with the Indians on Thursday and had three hits in his first game for Columbus that night.
“The fact that he was able to get three hits in his first game is pretty phenomenal,” Francona said of Cabrera, who hit .207 with 11 RBIs in 17 games during his first stint in Cleveland. “He signed (a minor league contract) knowing that he wouldn’t stay there forever. So at some point we’ll have to make a decision.”
Cabrera, 33, was designated for assignment June 14 when outfielder Brandon Guyer was activated from the injured list.
Michael Brantley’s batting average has not dipped below .300 since April 17. He entered Friday having hit safely in 78.4 percent of the games he played (58 of 74), which accounted for the third-highest percentage among qualified major league hitters.
“As long as he stays healthy, he’ll play every day,” Francona said. “Give him that day off once a month and just wind him up, let him go play. He is really special.”
Take a bow
Cody Allen was honored prior to Friday’s game for becoming the franchise’s all-time saves leader. Allen recorded his 140th save Wednesday in Kansas City.
“When you see guys come from their rookie year or just about their rookie year to all of a sudden he has the Indians’ record. We’ve been in existence a long time,” Francona said of Allen, who was a 23rd-round draft pick in 2011. “It’s hard not to be proud and happy for the guys. We pretty much live with these guys and to see where they were and where they are, it’s pretty cool. And then to look and see how in some ways baseball-wise they’ve changed, but in respect and humility they haven’t changed, and I love that about it.”
Francisco Mejia was among the top minor leaguers selected for the 20th annual Futures Game.
Mejia, a catcher/outfielder from the Dominican Republic, is batting .279 with seven homers and 42 RBIs for Triple-A Columbus. He had a 50-game hitting streak two years ago, the longest since the minors reorganized in 1963.
- Trevor Bauer’s streak of six quality starts with eight or more strikeouts and no home runs allowed is tied with Hideo Nomo, Pedro Martinez, Justin Verlander and R.A. Dickey for the longest such streak since 1920.
- Right-hander Neil Ramirez had not allowed a run in his last 16 appearances through Thursday. It accounted for the second-longest streak in the American League behind New York’s Dellin Betances.
- The Indians entered Friday with a 27-13 record at Progressive Field. Since last year’s All-Star break, Cleveland had gone 55-21, the best home record in baseball over the span.