Dodgers top pitching prospect Bobby Miller was sent down on Monday as part of the second round of spring training cuts. Miller never got into a Cactus League game, but manager Dave Roberts made it clear that this lack of playing time was the plan all along. Roberts wanted Miller with the big league squad, and getting experience working the guys, but didn’t want to rush his ramp-up after his increased workload last season.
So, Miller got a good month or so with the big league guys, and is now going back down to the minors to continue working ahead of the start of the Oklahoma City Dodgers season.
Miller also reportedly entered camp with shoulder soreness, which is another reason he didn’t pitch in the Cactus League. However, he recently spoke with AM 570 LA Sports Radio, and talked about how he’s feeling at this point in the spring.
“I feel amazing right now,” Miller said. “I was working with Ron (Porterfield) for a while, and he’s been getting me right, man. So I’m ready to go against hitters.”Via AM570 LA Sports Radio
It’s nice to know that he’s feeling better, and will be getting some work against hitters soon. However, he made it clear that it wasn’t easy having to patiently wait to be able to throw this spring.
“I’m always wanting to get out there as fast as I can,” Miller said. “Just trying to be patient mentally in getting back out there. That’s really been the toughest part, is the patience. Now I’m finally coming back, so I’m super excited.”
It appeared that Miller was scheduled to pitch today against hitters, although we didn’t get any reports from camp about it. No news is probably good news, and he’ll continue to ramp up ahead of the minor league season. And then, at some point later in the season, he should get an opportunity to play at the big league level.
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