Miller Out At Least Two Months

It’s difficult to find a prospect with as much talent as Adam Miller, the No. 1 prospect in the Indians system the last four seasons, who has had as many nagging injuries as the young righthander.

Now, it looks like it’s time to add another note to Miller’s medical record. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Miller had surgery on Tuesday on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The procedure will keep Miller out for eight weeks before he can even begin a throwing program, meaning that Miller might not pitch in a game again this season.

Miller, 23, made six starts this year for Triple-A Buffalo, posting a 1.88 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 12 walks in 28 2/3 innings. Since signing as a supplemental first-rounder in 2003, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Miller has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning, including 68 in 65 1/3 innings last year with Buffalo and 157 in 153 2/3 innings in 2006 with Double-A Akron.

For all his talent–including a 93-97 mph fastball and a high-80s slider–Miller’s injury history remains perhaps his most prominent legacy to date. Miller had finger and elbow problems last year, which limited him to 11 starts and 19 appearances before heading to the Arizona Fall League. In 2006, Miller put together a healthy season, which was an encouraging sign after hs spent 2005 rehabbing an elbow strain.