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Miller optimistic, but further tests await

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 7, 2013 07:22 PM

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Miller was trying to stay positive this afternoon, suggesting several times that the injury to his left foot may not be too serious.

“I’m completely optimistic it’s nothing major,” he said.

But Miller was standing in a medical boot at the time and when he finished speaking to reporters, he limped across the clubhouse before lowering himself into a chair.

The lefthanded reliever left Saturday night’s game against the Angels in the seventh inning after an awkward twist on the mound resulted in pain. Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will be examined in Boston on Monday by Dr. George Theodore, a foot specialist.

The initial x-rays taken on Saturday were negative, but the fear is Miller has a Lisfranc injury on the top of his foot. That could involve a bone or ligaments.

“That was one of the things mentioned. It could be a smaller one,” Miller said. “Hopefully it’s not too serious.”

Miller was on crutches before he was fitted for the boot and could not put any weight on his foot.

“That’s a little worrisome,” he said.

Miller came into the game with a runner on first and one out. After throwing a wild pitch, he allowed a single by J.B. Shuck.

“I watched the ball go into center field after making not a very good pitch,” Miller said. “I tried to redirect my momentum, I guess it was too much. … I just landed at a funny angle.”

Miller was intending to back up the plate but went only a few feet before collapsing on the grass.

“I planted on my left foot, as I planted and tried to push off I felt it,” he said. “I felt and tried to get up and go again and realized that probably wasn’t the best idea.”

Miller was taken for x-rays during the game. Dr. Luga Podesta, one of the Angels team physicians, examined him.

“We don’t know a whole lot right now,” Miller said. “The bones look OK, which is good. We’ll find out more. … There’s some sort of sprain or strain in there. Hopefully it’s pretty minimal.”

Miller is third on the team with 37 appearances. Over 30.2 innings, he has allowed only 25 hits while striking out 48.

After being used largely as a specialist last season, Miller has 16 appearances of at least an inning this season and was one of the relievers manager John Farrell trusted in high-leverage situations. Miller has pitched particularly well in recent weeks.

"I'm really disappointed in the whole scheme of things. … For me, I feel like I've been throwing the ball well and settling in. Made it through the first half and trying to do better in the second half. Hopefully this is something that doesn't hold me back."

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