Andrew Miller insists he is ready to step into a potentially reduced role of closer for the New York Yankees again when needed and he’s happy to leave selection issues up to the coaching staff.
The 30-year-old served brilliantly as the team’s closer in 2015, successfully converting 36 of his 38 save opportunities before earning the Mariano Rivera Award, an honour given to the AL’s best reliever.
Miller was set to reprise that ninth-innings role again this season before finding himself replaced by Aroldis Chapman, who was an All-Star closer in each of his four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.
However, with Chapman set to serve a 30-game suspension under the leagues domestic violence policy, Miller is once again in line to receive a chance.
“Our job isn’t to concern ourselves with when we enter the game or how much we throw,” Miller told YES Network when asked if it irked to have been replaced.
“It’s not really my place to complain or make that decision. I’m here to pitch whenever they ask me to.
“I’m just trying to get ready. I’m trying to throw the ball as well as possible and then I’ll deal with the situations when we get to games.
“It’ll be a little bit of an adjustment but I don’t think it’ll be tough. Whatever’s asked of us, we’ll be ready.”
The Yankees will attempt to win their 28th World Series title in 2016, and Miller believes their off-season acquisitions – Chapman included – have equipped them to make a serious attempt at it.
“We got pretty close last year and I think we know we’ve got the pieces and the ability to do it,” he added.
“With the couple additions we made, hopefully if we improve a little bit that’s all we need.”