New York Yankees interim closer Andrew Miller was diagnosed with a chip fracture in his right wrist on Wednesday, but he doesn’t believe that will be enough to keep him off the roster come Opening Day.
While he’s still set to meet with a hand specialist in order to further diagnose the injury, Miller intends to tough it out and pitch through it.
“It’s my right hand. I’m a left-handed pitcher,” Miller told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “I don’t think it should be a problem.”
The 30-year-old was struck in the wrist of his non-throwing hand by a line drive Wednesday and departed holding his arm in obvious pain.
New York is already without closer Aroldis Chapman, who will begin serving a 30-game suspension when the season opens. Losing Miller for any period of time would force manager Joe Girardi to move set-up man Dellin Betances into the back end of the bullpen.
Miller posted a 2.04 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across 53 appearances last season, converting 36 saves.