The Dodgers dealt another big blow to their bullpen on Wednesday as it was announced that veteran relief pitcher Shelby Miller would be heading to the injured list with what was described as neck pain. Miller had just been activated from the bereavement list a week ago and now will be forced to miss a significant amount of time.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided an update on Miller and just how long the team thinks he will be out.
“It’s something I think he’s dealt with [in the past], and I don’t think anyone appreciated the extent of it. It’s gonna take him out for quite some time, for weeks. I’m just amazed at how he still could perform with that. But it’s an older injury that, sort of, showed its head again. So it’ll certainly be three to four weeks before we see him again, at the floor.”Via SNLA
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 22, 2023
Miller has been one of the bright spots in the Dodgers bullpen this season amid all the struggles. On the year, he has an ERA of 2.40 over 30 innings pitched. He has also added in 32 strikeouts during that time.
This just further suggests that the team will be very active as the trade deadline approaches. They need bullpen help and badly. Despite the bullpen throwing 11-shutout innings against the Angels in two games this week, they have been uncharacteristically poor this season.
The team will still look for different options to use as they navigate the rest of the season. The injury bug continues to take over this Dodgers team and the hope is that Miller can come back and be a key piece down the stretch.
LA has one of the more inconsistent relief situations in the league and losing Miller will only hurt that cause. The Dodgers have many questions to answer over these next few weeks as they look to upgrade the roster for a postseason run.
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