With injuries to Shawn Kelley, David Robertson and Boone Logan, and with the ineffectiveness of Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees had to make another roster move to add some depth to the bullpen. Yesterday it was Matt Daley and today that pitcher is Jim Miller. Miller was claimed off waivers in the off-season from the Oakland Athletics. He has also pitched for the Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles in his career.
Miller went 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 33 games last season for Oakland. He struck out 44 in 48.2 innings and only gave up 39 hits. For Scranton this year, he went 3-5 with a 3.55 ERA. In 63.1 innings, he struck out 92. He had a 1.26 WHIP this season as well. Miller had six saves this year, and had 24 saves back in 2011 in Colorado Springs, so he can be an option for the Yankees late in games.
The Yankees had to bring up another arm for the bullpen. They had no choice but to. Joe Girardi doesn’t have a lot of arms that he can count on so any additional arm they can bring up is a good idea. Without a day off until the 16th, the depth is going to be tested. This time period is going to be an important audition for Miller and Daley and Dellin Betances to see if they can be used next year.
What isn’t known yet is who’s spot on the 40 man roster he is taking. It is possible Vidal Nuno could’ve been transferred to the 60 day DL to make room for Miller.