Andrew Miller was right and he was wrong.
"The team as a whole certainly hasn't missed me, I don't think, a whole lot," Miller said Tuesday afternoon. "They've played well."
Miller, the lefty closer who was 17-for-17 in save chances before going on the DL June 10 with a flexor forearm strain, is set to be activated Wednesday.
And while Dellin Betances mostly thrived after assuming closer duties -- 5-for-6 in save chances after Miller got hurt -- and lefties Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve both excelled in that same period, make no mistake: Miller returning should make a dramatic difference. With Adam Warren recently being added to the mix, Joe Girardi now has five relievers he essentially sees as stoppers.
As for roles, Girardi said Miller will slide back in as closer, with Betances the primary setup man. "I can't wait," Miller said. "I was excited to be back out [Monday], even though it was a rehab game. Just happy to be competing again."
Ellsbury back, too
Jacoby Ellsbury, out since May 20 with a sprained right knee, is set to be activated before Wednesday night's game.
"It's going to be huge," Alex Rodriguez said. "Having those guys [Ellsbury and Brett Gardner] top of the order, one-two, they were pretty fun to watch."
Ellsbury leads the Yankees in average (.324) and OBP (.412). Change is good
With World Series home-field advantage on the line, many would like to see some changes to how the All-Star Game rosters are selected.
"Everything involved," Girardi said. "Sometimes the most deserving players aren't necessarily starters and if you're trying to win a game, I think that becomes really important."