Tribe Shuts Down Top Prospect

Indians righthander Adam Miller will miss at least the first two months
of the season after being shut down with a strained elbow.

Miller, the Tribe’s No. 1 prospect, felt discomfort after
throwing a bullpen four days after arriving at the club’s spring
training complex in Winter Haven, Fla.

The injury occurred early last week, but a prognosis wasn’t
made until team physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz arrived to examine
Miller early Saturday morning.

The results of the MRI showed a strained ligament in the elbow with some inflammation, farm director John Farrell said.

“We can’t pinpoint what caused it or when it happened,” Farrell
said. “It’s unfortunate that this will set him back for at least a
little while.”

Miller threw 25 pitches in the bullpen, all fastballs, at about
75 percent velocity. Miller, 20, was expected to join Double-A Akron
this season, but now is out until at least June, Farrell said.

“The plan is to shut him down for six weeks, keep him in
extended and then get him back with a club by June,” Farrell said.
“It’s unfortunate, but it is the best course of action.”

While Farrell could not pinpoint what caused the injury, Akron
pitching coach Greg Hibbard, who coached Miller during the second half
of last season at high Class A Kinston, offered a slightly different

“There’s nothing in his delivery,” Hibbard said. “The delivery
is very clean when he separates and I don’t see anything going on
there. I just think it might be where he did too much too soon and now
he’s paying for it.”

Miller, a supplemental first-round pick in 2003 out of McKinney
(Texas) High, went a combined 10-6, 2.96 between low Class A Lake
County and high Class A Kinston, with 152 strikeouts and just 40 walks
in 134 innings. He ranks 16th on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects