According to the YES Network’s Jack Curry, a hand specialist in Miami gave Miller the OK on Friday to pitch without surgery.
Dr. Patrick Owens, who examined Jason Pierre-Paul last summer after the New York Giants defensive end injured his hand in a fireworks accident, told Miller that his injury would heal on its own and should not affect his ability to pitch, according to the YES Network.
Miller suffered a fractured pisiform bone in the heel of his right hand after being struck by a line drive during a spring training game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Wednesday.
Miller has insisted he will be ready to go for Monday’s season opener at Yankee Stadium against the Houston Astros.
“It’s my right hand, I don’t really need it,” Miller said Thursday morning, his wrist in a wrap. “I don’t see any reason I can’t work around it. If for some reason the doctor tells me I have to protect it for some reason that we don’t foresee, I plan to manipulate my glove around it.”
Miller was expected to handle ninth-inning duties for the first month as left-hander Aroldis Chapman serves a 30-day suspension stemming from a domestic dispute.
Miller, 30, served as a closer for the first time last year, converting 36 of 38 save opportunities for the Yankees. He finished 10th in Cy Young Award voting after posting a 2.04 ERA and a 3-2 record.
A starter earlier in his career with the Detroit Tigers and the then-Florida Marlins, Miller became a reliever when he joined the Boston Red Sox in 2012. He signed with New York as a free agent in December 2014.