Tough news out of Seattle Monday. The Red Sox have announced reliever Andrew Miller will have ligament surgery on his left foot and is done for the season.
This will be a big blow to the Red Sox bullpen that lacks depth and has been inconsistent lately.
Manager John Farrell said, "Given the way he's pitched as a power left-hander, it's [a significant loss]."
The Red Sox lost closer Joel Hanrahan earlier this year to season-ending Tommy John surgery and Franklin Morales is currently on the disabled list with a pectoral injury.
The left-handed Miller has been one of the Red Sox most consistent arms this season. Miller was 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 30 innings.
General Manager Ben Cherington confirmed Miller has a Lisfrac injury and that surgery was recommended, although Miller will get a second opinion. Cherington said, "He has to be replaced. We have some internal options. We may take a look at some of those in different ways the next few weeks."
The Red Sox do have two left-handed pitchers at Triple-A Pawtucket, but Drake Britton and Chris Hernandez do not appear ready for the big leagues yet.
A trade seems the most likely option. Boston was already looking for relief help on the trade market before Miller's injury. White Sox reliever Matt Thornton is a possible target.
Miller should be ready by spring training next year.