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Shelby Miller pulled from start due to back tightness

Jun 24, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

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The Cardinals lost both Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha to shoulder injuries on Sunday. Now they may be down a third starting pitcher in two days.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that right-hander Shelby Miller was lifted from his start Tuesday night at Coors Field because of tightness in his back. Miller complained of a hip stinger after a rough start last Thursday against the Phillies and he looked stiff on the mound throughout his 2 2/3 innings on Tuesday versus the Rockies.

Miller surrendered three earned runs on six hits and five walks Tuesday before exiting and the 23-year-old now has a 3.75 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 93 2/3 total innings this season. St. Louis is calling up 2013 first-round pick Marco Gonzales for his major league debut Wednesday and now there’s a little more pressure on the kid to perform. Joe Kelly is still at least a week away from returning from a severe left hamstring strain.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Nothing would surprise me at this point, sheesh…

    • ereed1286 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Wainwright repping Germany colors on Thursday would surpirse me…

      But, you’re right, nothing else would…

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Not to make excuses, but I wonder if this has been, as with other pitchers, an ongoing undisclosed problem, and in his case, as it obviously was last night, behind his high walk numbers.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Interesting … Joe Kelly, not Butler, going to the 60-day DL. Well, no matter what happens with Miller short term, Marco’s not a short-term move then, I guess.

      AND … Falcon, scratch your head further.

      Less than a week after Kozma gets a call-up, he gets a DFA … er, why?

      • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        It’s a procedural move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Kelly’s been out for over 60 days, so it means little about his injury and recovery.

        If there’s one thing we know about the Cardinals organization, regardless of our feelings about the team, it’s that they always know what they’re doing. I’m a Pittsburgh fan, and while I may not like the fact that the Cardinals come out on top of our division more often than not, I have to acknowledge, respect, and admire that the St. Louis front office consistently has its sh** together.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    When it rains…it really does seem to pour. At least with respect to this ballclubs rotation at the current time. Wow. Enough is enough. This continues…Rosenthal is gonna’ get that start he has always been pining for.

    • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      The Cardinals always seem to have multiple guys who’ll step up if called upon. As a Reds fan friend of mine said a few years ago, “They don’t have as many ‘A’ prospects as a lot of organizations, but man, they ‘A minus’ and ‘B’ you to death.”

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