New York Yankees reliever Andrew Miller has said that he plans to pitch with a broken right wrist against the Houston Astros on Opening Day on Monday.
Miller suffered a broken pisiform after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta Braves catcher Willians Astudillo on Wednesday.
Even though the 30-year-old will see a hand specialist in the next few days, he still has no intentions of missing Opening Day.
“My plan is to pitch. I think I can work around it,” Miller told reporters on Thursday. “I’m not too worried, it’s my right hand.
“According to Wikipedia, it’s not an important bone. It doesn’t really do anything. It’s my right hand; I don’t really need it. I don’t see any reason I can’t work around it unless for some reason the doctor tells me I have to protect it for some reason that we don’t foresee. I plan to be able to manipulate my glove around it and not really worry about it.”
Miller initially thought that the injury was more serious, but even though he is in a lot of pain, he plans to play through it and pitch against the Astros on Monday.
“It hurt pretty bad,” he said. “It got me pretty square, I could tell. It was, at least, going to be a pretty good bruise. I think, all things considered, it couldn’t be a better spot. I’ll survive.
“I have some swelling, some soreness. All things considered, better than I expected.”