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Miller taken for x-rays on left foot

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 7, 2013 03:19 AM

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Red Sox offered little information on the condition of lefthander Andrew Miller, who left tonight's game in the seventh inning with an injured left foot.

Manager John Farrell said Miller was taken to a local hospital for x-rays and that the injury was on the top of his foot. It was not a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Miller was jogging to back up home plate when the injury occurred. He seemed to slip on the grass or get his spikes caught before he fell to the grass. Miller could not put any weight on his foot and had to be helped off the field and into the clubhouse.

The 28-year-old lefthander is having the best season of his career, posting a 2.64 earned run average over 37 appearances.

Miller has struck out 48 over 30 2/3 innings and allowed 25 hits. He has been one of the team’s most effective set-up men. His loss would leave Craig Breslow as the only healthy lefthanded reliever on the roster.

Franklin Morales (left pectoral muscle strain) has been on the disabled list since June 23 and has yet to do more than play catch from short distances.

The Sox have lefthander Ryan Rowland-Smith, a veteran of 115 major league games with Seattle, on the roster with Triple A Pawtucket. But he has not pitched since June 25 because of a ruptured appendix that required surgery.

Rowland-Smith has pitched well in Pawtucket in 25 appearances. But the 27-year-old has not pitched in the majors since 2010.

The only lefthander on the 40-man roster not in the majors is Drake Britton, a starter recently promoted to Triple A.

Shane Victorino left the game with tightness in his left hamstring, an issue that bothered him at various points throughout the season.

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