CLEVELAND: The Indians bullpen has been a total mess over the last several weeks, and they’ll now be without arguably their biggest hope for a turnaround, as Andrew Miller was again placed on the 10-day disabled list.

The bullpen’s downslide began around the time Miller was placed on the disabled list the first time this season on April 26 with a strained hamstring. He was activated on May 11 but hasn’t been the same, posting a 14.46 ERA in six appearances. The Indians knew he wouldn’t yet be as sharp as he can be while he worked his way back, but he was repeatedly roughed up while searching for his arm slot and other mechanical adjustments.

“I’m definitely not sharp,” he said after Friday night’s loss in which he was on the mound when a two-run lead was blown. “I wish I had the answers. I’m looking for everything and working hard at it. I think there’s flashes of it, but it’s been a pretty big grind lately.”

On Saturday, he returned to the DL with right knee inflammation, an injury to the same knee that required a DL stint last August. According to Indians manager Terry Francona, it’s possible that the knee never completely healed, and Miller was trying to pitch through it.

“I don’t think it [popped up], I think it’s been the entire time, just a pretty tough kid and sometimes it just gets to be too much,” Francona said. “I think he [was] tired of just not being able to pitch like he can pitch. It’s hard for him. Like in Chicago, he said he really liked the results but didn’t make the pitches he necessarily wanted to and he’s having to alter his delivery and things like that.”

The Indians over the last month have had by far and away the worst bullpen in the game. Since April 23, they collectively have posted an 8.92 ERA, which included Friday night’s 11-run meltdown. Relievers often preach about the importance of leaving a bad outing in the past and only working one day at a time. With the Indians bullpen, it almost feels like an old cartoon reel in which they can’t progress forward in time while running on a treadmill. They want to move forward, but no matter how hard they sprint, lately, it’s been mostly the same result.

It has evolved into a five-alarm emergency the Indians have to figure out. Because of a weak American League Central, they still lead the division, but their standing among the AL’s contenders has been held down by a unit resembling a sieve rather than a dam holding back a flood of late runs and blown leads.

The turnover continued on Saturday. Evan Marshall was recalled from Triple-A to replace Miller. In a secondary move, Ben Taylor was also recalled to take the place of Oliver Drake, who was designated for assignment after posting a 12.46 ERA in four appearances with the Indians.

“The only thing I really know is we’re going to figure it out,” Francona said. “I didn’t just sign up for the good days. We knew there’d be some tough sledding sometimes. So, we’ll keep putting our heads together and see if we can figure it out.”

First pitch

When Hailey Dawson visited Progressive Field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, it was the eighth ballpark she’s been able to attend thus far.

Dawson was born with Poland Syndrome, a rare defect that affected the development of her right hand. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas designed multiple 3-D printed hands to allow her to grab and throw a baseball. She now has 22 ballparks left to complete her goal of throwing a first pitch in each one. Corey Kluber caught the ceremonial toss prior to Saturday’s game.