Shelby Miller was off to an incredible first year with the Dodgers this season. Then, he woke up in pain.
Miller was placed on the bereavement list in mid-June, and dealt with airplanes and long car rides that stiffened up his neck.
Now, two months later, Miller is still out, and has no clear timetable for a return.
With the team in Arizona this past week, Miller was able to provide an update on his neck injury, one that sounds much worse than we initially realized.
“It was pretty big,” Miller said. “It was shooting on a nerve and going down my left side. It wasn’t on my throwing arm, which is good. It wasn’t when I was performing or anything. Just at night, it was not very comfortable. And then it was really stiff for a while. I don’t know how it happened. Woke up one day and it was there.”Via Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
The hope it still for Miller to return this season, which would be a welcome sight for LA’s bullpen.
Before going down with the injury, Miller was one of LA’s better relievers, sporting a 2.40 ERA in 30 innings of work.
This has been by far his best year as a reliever, and clearly, LA was able to unlock something in him to turn him into an above-average bullpen arm.
Hopefully Miller is able to return soon, as it would be nice for him to get tons of reps to get back on track before the postseason.
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