Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Yankees will be without the services of closer Andrew Miller for at least the next two weeks due to a forearm strain that will send the standout lefty to the disabled list.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the announcement following New York’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Washington Nationals Wednesday afternoon. Dellin Betances will take over as the team’s closer for as long as Miller is sidelined.
The back-end combo of Miller and Betances has played a key role in the Yankees’ surge to the top of the American League’s East Division. The duo have combined for a stellar 0.61 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings of work this season.
Miller, signed to a four-year, $36 million contract by New York during the offseason, has converted all 17 of his save chances as a Yankee and posted a 1.03 ERA in 26 appearances. Opponents are just 8-for-89 (.090) against him this season.
With both Miller and Betances (rest) unavailable on Wednesday, the Yankees blew a 4-2 lead when rookie Jacob Lindgren gave up a two-run homer to Michael Taylor in the eighth inning.