Miller slowed by right shoulder soreness
Right-hander Shelby Miller will not throw his scheduled side session on Wednesday for precautionary reasons, manager Mike Matheny said before the team took the field for workouts.
Miller alerted the training staff that he was feeling some soreness in his right shoulder after throwing from the mound on Monday. Matheny said there is no indication that the issue is serious, but the Cardinals intend to tread carefully.
“We’re going to give him a day to grab him time in the training room and work on that,” Matheny said. “We’re not too concerned. We’re just going to give him a little more time. It’s more preventative right now.”
Matheny did not project when Miller will return to the mound. The club’s initial plan was to have him pitch in one of the team’s first Grapefruit League games. That season begins on Saturday. But because the Grapefruit League schedule is longer this year, Miller will have plenty of time to get his arm ready for the start of the regular season, even if he gets a few days behind schedule.
“We planned on having Shelby out there pretty early, but we’re going to go slow,” Matheny said. “We have all kinds of time. This isn’t a major issue as much as trying to get ahead of something that is more preventative.”
Miller, along with Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Kelly, is competing for the final spot in the Cardinals’ rotation. Rosenthal will be the first of the three to throw in a game; Matheny named him the team’s starter for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Marlins.
Miller has been widely considered to be the Cardinals’ top pitching prospect since he was taken by the organization in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut in 2012 and was recently ranked by MLB.com as the organization’s second-best prospect heading into the 2013 season.
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