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Shelby Miller leaves game after taking liner off elbow

Aug 7, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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Cardinals star rookie Shelby Miller was removed in the first inning of his start Wednesday night against the Dodgers after taking a line drive off his throwing elbow from Dodgers leadoff man Carl Crawford.

It was just the second pitch of the evening.

Miller grabbed his right elbow and hunched over on the front of the mound as trainers rushed to his side. He threw his glove in disgust before walking to the first-base dugout and down into the clubhouse.

Michael Blazek entered to finish out the first inning and Jake Westbrook took over in the second. Westbrook was scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale against Los Angeles; that assignment could now go to 21-year-old right-hander Carlos Martinez.

The Cardinals are loaded with good young pitching talent, but their lack of established frontline starters behind Adam Wainwright could be a major issue going forward if Miller is out for an extended period of time.

Miller entered Wednesday with a 2.89 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 132/35 K/BB ratio in 121 innings this year.

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UPDATE, 9:19 p.m. ET: According to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, Miller has been diagnosed with a right elbow contusion. That’s a promising first update, but Miller is sure to undergo more tests.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m. ET: X-rays on Miller’s elbow turned up negative, tweets Langosch.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Saw it as it happened, Miller looked like he was in serious pain – very unfortunate.

    If/when he’s DL’d, somebody will get an opportunity to step up.

    Martinez, Lyons or Wacha are the obvious internal options.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Tomorrows starter Jake Westbrook into the game now, Carlos Martinez scheduled to start tomorrow for Memphis.

    Hmmm..

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      “Elbow contusion” is the preliminary report per the TV broadcast.

      AKA “broken arm” in Cards medical speak.

  3. paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Man, the kid really needs to learn how to go deeper into games.

    …annnnnnnnnd, Jake Westbrook everybody.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      The kid is lucky that it wasn’t his head.

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        I suppose. He’s also unlucky that it was any body part at all…pitching elbow is pretty high up on the list of places you don’t want a line drive to hit.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Agree with you. I was thinking about Happ when I made that comment. The elbow injury could mess up his career.

      • paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:15 AM

        I know and completely understand. He and Cobb were both very unlucky to get hit in the noggin, but appear to have escaped without serious long-term effects…every line drive at the pitcher is freaking scary.

    • fearlessleader - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Westbrook is a natural disaster right now, and any hope we had that a return to St. Louis might set him straight got dashed when he had to come in on short rest. This is about twenty-five kinds of painful to watch.

  4. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Dodgers not Pirates

  5. losanginsight - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    He needs to learn how to field his position.

  6. jsally430 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    if you can dodge a 150 mph line come backer you can dodge a car.

  7. westcoastredbird - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    The way Westbrook is pitching I think his elbow is worse than Shelby’s. Maybe bring up both Martinez and Wacha. Westbrook is suppose to pitch better at Busch than on the road?

    • forsch31 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Pitching on 3-day’s rest ain’t easy. Just ask Chris Carpenter.

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