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Dodgers’ Bobby Miller Staying Even-Keel Ahead of Return From IL

It’s been a while since the Los Angeles Dodgers have seen Bobby Miller on a major league mound. His last start at the major league level was on April 10, after which he was shut down with shoulder inflammation. When he returns Wednesday, it will have been 70 days between starts.

The long road back felt like ramping up for a new season, Miller told Kirsten Watson of SportsNet LA on Tuesday in Denver, Colorado:

“It takes time to get everything back,” Miller said. “That’s kind of what it felt like, just building up after an off-season. Everything’s in the spot it where needs to be. I’m looking forward to it.”

Miller told Watson he’d been dealing with shoulder inflammation ever since the team returned from Seoul, South Korea to begin its regular season in March.

Miller didn’t pitch in either of the Dodgers’ games against the San Diego Padres; rather, he took the ball when the Dodgers played a Korean All-Star team on March 18. He allowed two runs in five innings that day, throwing 76 pitches in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win.

Each of Miller’s next two starts went well, too — a scoreless 4.2-inning effort agains the Angels on March 24 and a scoreless six-inning effort against the Cardinals on March 29 in his regular season debut. Things got worse from there.

In his second start of the regular season, Miller was rocked for five runs over 1.2 innings in the Dodgers’ loss to the Cubs in Chicago’s Wrigley Field, a homecoming game for the Illinois native. In his next start, April 10 in Minnesota, Miller allowed two runs in four innings, but labored a bit in the 73-pitch effort.

Miller said he still isn’t sure how or when he got hurt.

“I’m still trying to figure out what caused it,” he told Watson. “It all started right after Korea, and slowly just got a little bit worse, and started messing with my delivery a little bit, and mechanics were changing a little bit. I’m feeling 100 percent now, and just looking to stay that way the rest of the season.”

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JP Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra writes and edits Major League Baseball content for and is the author of 'The 50 Greatest Dodger Games Of All Time.' He once recorded a keyboard solo on the same album as two of the original Doors. Follow at
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