Yankees expect to activate Andrew Miller, Jacoby Ellsbury on Wednesday
Miller will slide back into his closer role while righthander Dellin Betances will move into a setup role.
General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Ellsbury would be activated the following day, but did not have a concrete update on Miller.
Miller landed on the 15-day disabled list on June 10 with a left flexor forearm muscle strain. Before the injury, he was tied for second among American League closers with 17 saves, had posted a 1.03 ERA in 26 innings and struck out 43 batters.
“I think it was just one of those things that has kind of been building and I’ve been doing everything I can to try and make sure I’m available and capable, and it just hasn’t been recovering quite like I want it to,” Miller said at the time.
Miller, 30, is in his first season with the Yankees after signing a four-year, $36 million deal in December.
In his place, Betances has finished six of the eight games he appeared in, going 1–1 with five saves and allowing six runs over 9 2/3 innings. He was named an AL reserve to the All-Star Game on Monday.
Ellsbury has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a sprained collateral ligament in his right knee. He began a rehab assignment last week with Class A Tampa and went 2-for-13 with one run scored over four games.
Before sustaining the injury in a May 19 game against the Washington Nationals, Ellsbury batted .324 with one home run, six RBIs and a .783 OPS. He also stole 14 bases and scored 29 runs.
The Yankees entered Tuesday 44–38, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.
- Mike Fiammetta