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Indians Activate RP Andrew Miller; Designate Zach McAllister for Assignment

The Indians on Friday made it official, bringing reliever Andrew Miller back to the teams’ active roster, and in the process sent relief pitcher Zach McAllister packing in somewhat of a surprising move by the team.

Miller being brought back wasn’t a surpise, as he finally seemed to have turned the corner with a couple good outings in AAA Columbus in his rehab this last week.

Last week he struggled with outings in Akron for the AA Rubberducks and Saturday night had a rough outing in Lake County for the Class-A Captains.

Things settled down for him this week in his two stints with the Clippers in Columbus, and the team felt he was ready to come back to the big league roster to help the bullpen.

This season Miller is 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA, throwing just 14.1 innings, allowing seven runs on 13 hits with 23 strikeouts.

He came back to the team on May 11th after a stint on the DL, and didn’t pitch well, and was placed back on the DL not that long after.

The team basically shut him down to allow him to get healthy, and finally they feel like he’s ready to make an impact again.

As for McAllister, it had become evident that he simply was nothing more than a last resort in the pen, and
this season struggled, going 1-2 with a 4.90 ERA.

He had a long tenure with the Tribe, dating back to 2011, and went 9-9 as a starter with a 3.75 ERA during the 2013 season.

He was put in the pen in the 2015 as a long man, and was never in the mix to be back in the rotation after that.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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