The New York Yankees expect to activate centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and closer Andrew Miller from the disabled list on Wednesday, manager Joe Girardi said.
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