CLEVELAND: The Indians placed All-Star reliever Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left hamstring and purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau.

Miller, a vital piece to the bullpen and roster, grabbed for his left hamstring on the second pitch he threw in Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Miller underwent an MRI on Thursday, which revealed a low-grade strain, according to Indians manager Terry Francona. That was just about the best-case scenario for the Indians after having to watch one of the league’s best relievers walk off the mound with a trainer.

Both Miller and the Indians said that if a trip to the disabled list still required 15 days, which was formerly the rule, they likely would have skipped the trip to the disabled list and instead simply had him down for a few days to receive treatment and let it rest. The injury isn’t as severe, and having Miller down 10 days is taking the cautious route.

“We lean on him so hard,” Francona said. “Then there’s the temptation to bring him back early. As hard as it is not to have him, the 10 days makes sense. And it makes sense to him. Even though he doesn’t want to go on the DL. It’s the right thing to do. It’s just hard to do it. But it’s the right thing to do.”

Miller sustained a similar injury during his time with the Baltimore Orioles and says he was pitching seven days later. His hope, then, is to be ready to go when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list.

“As far as I can tell, it’s pretty much the same exact thing,” Miller said. “I don’t know if it’s just the way I throw or the way I’m built or what. I don’t know whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but at least we have something to draw from experience-wise when dealing with it. It’s more frustrating than concerning, which is I guess a better place to be.”

A key aspect to the bullpen this season involved the Indians figuring out how to divide the workload left behind by the departed Bryan Shaw between Dan Otero, Zach McAllister, Nick Goody and Tyler Olson. That grouping hasn’t had as many chances as expected due to the starting rotation pitching deeper into games and Miller and Cody Allen beginning the season on a torrid pace. They’ll certainly have more of a chance with Miller out.

Beliveau was a non-roster invitee to camp this spring. To make room for his addition on the 40-man roster, Jack Leathersich was designated for assignment. Beliveau this spring had a 4.15 ERA and felt he wasn’t attacking hitters enough. He made that his mission at Triple-A and turned in 8⅔ scoreless innings before getting the promotion on Thursday.

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