– Injured closer Andrew Miller threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session and could soon return to the New York Yankees.

Miller has not pitched in a game since June 9 because of a strained left forearm. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild simulated a batter during Saturday's mound session, and Miller hopes he will not need another bullpen session before going on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment.

"That's why I need to go to a rehab game, because Larry's the only batter I've faced so far," Miller said.

Miller is perfect in 17 save chances in his first season with the Yankees. Dellin Betances, who has filled in a closer, is 7-for-8.

"We have a couple closers down there," manager Joe Girardi said. "I anticipate we just put them back down there and go from there."

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