MIAMI — Andrew Miller was cleared by a hand specialist Friday to pitch with a broken bone in his right (non-throwing) hand and plans to be in the bullpen when the Yankees open the season Monday against the Astros at Yankee Stadium.
Miller, who suffered a fractured pisiform bone in the heel of his right hand when he was hit by a line drive Wednesday, was examined by Dr. Patrick Owens at the University of Miami. Owens is believed to have treated Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul after his fireworks accident last July 4.
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“Doctor was great this morning,” Miller said. “Said everything I hoped to hear. It’s a break, but it’s a bone that’s not that important . . . It’s my right hand. Of all my limbs, it’s the best one to have to deal with.”See alsoGuess the MLB over/unders for 2016
Miller and the Yankees are checking with Major League Baseball about whether he can wear protective padding inside his glove.
Miller, who was told to wear a brace at all times (except when pitching), played catch Friday and hopes to pitch in the Yankees’ exhibition finale Saturday at Marlins Park. If all goes well, he will be the Yankees’ closer until Aroldis Chapman returns from his 30-day suspension May 9.
“He has full intention of playing [Monday],” general manager Brian Cashman said. “He’d like to pitch in the game [Saturday]. We may do that . . . We’re just wrestling with how much will he benefit from more rest versus all right, time to just run it out there and deal with it.”
Nathan Eovaldi allowed one run in 5 1⁄3 innings and Brett Gardner homered in the Yankees’ 3-2 victory over the Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park. The Yankees’ Lane Adams hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth . . . Chase Headley was scratched from the lineup because of a stomach ailment . . . Hideki Matsui will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday’s Opening Day.