Right now what’s up is down and what’s down is up for the Indians.
Confused? Imagine how Brad Miller feels?
Miller, one of the few Indians’ players who looks like he knows what to do with a bat, was designated for assignment after Sunday’s 9-8 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Miller was DFA’d to make room for second baseman Jason Kipnis, who will join the team in Seattle for their three-game series which open Monday night at Safeco Field.
Kipnis opened the year on the injured list with a strained right calf. He’s been on a rehab assignment at Class AAA Columbus. Miller went 1-for-4 Sunday. In Saturday’s 2-0 loss, he had the Indians only two hits.
The Indians signed Miller to a one-year $1 million deal near the end of spring training after Kipnis strained his calf, but it was not guaranteed. Miller leaves the Indians with a .250 (9-for-36) batting average. On a team hitting .194 for the season, he looks like Ted Williams.
“It’s a tough trend,” said Miller. "They acknowledge that it wasn’t fair. But I’m just a player. I go out there and play my hardest and play for the guys next to me.
“Obviously, they don’t want the best guys up here. So I’m just trying to take it somewhere else and see what we’ve got.”
Miller said he could see the handwriting on the wall with middle infielders Kipnis and Francisco Lindor getting close to joining the big-league club. Lindor left the Indians after Sunday’s game to begin a rehab assignment with Class AAA Columbus. The Clippers open a three-game series against Louisville on Monday.