Andrew Miller poised to join PawSox after two successful rehab outings with Class A Greenville
Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller will join the Pawtucket Red Sox on the team's upcoming nine game road trip.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Finally, thereâ€™s some good news concerning Andrew Miller.
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Barring any setbacks, the hurler expects to take the next step in his rehab and join the Pawtucket Red Sox at some point on the teamâ€™s upcoming nine-game road trip. Miller made his second of two appearances with Single-A Greenville Monday, seeking to build off of Saturdayâ€™s one-inning stint that featured no runs on two hits. He did just that, retiring all three batters he faced on two groundball outs and one strikeout.
â€śI felt healthy and thatâ€™s all I can ask for,â€ť said Miller when reached Monday afternoon.
For Miller, just being back on the mound and throwing on a semi-regular basis is reason for optimism, particularly when taking into account the injury-riddled spring he endured. He saw his chance at earning a spot in the starting rotation all but vanish after exiting his March 20 Grapefruit League start with a left hamstring strain. Earlier in camp, Miller was hindered by elbow tightness that forced him to miss an appearance.
â€śAnytime you canâ€™t get on the field, it stinks,â€ť said Miller, who faced a total of 10 batters during spring training, striking out six. â€śI felt good throwing the ball but it was unfortunate that I wasnâ€™t able to get out there and compete more. At the same time youâ€™ve got to move on, get healthy and try to get up and help (the parent club) as quickly as you can and do your part.â€ť
The Red Sox are choosing to start Miller off slowly with the hopes of gradually building his workload up, knowing that the pitcherâ€™s 30-day rehab clock doesnâ€™t end until May 7. Starting games could become an option down the road, yet for now the plan is for the 26-year-old to pitch in relief.
â€śMy understanding of the situation is to just get back and get healthy, but Iâ€™m not stretched out near enough to start,â€ť Miller remarked. â€śI think all signs point towards being ready to help in the bullpen.
â€śI think Iâ€™m there; Iâ€™ve just got to show that Iâ€™m ready to compete at that level,â€ť Miller continued. â€śHopefully Iâ€™ll get that opportunity soon.â€ť
Miller was joined in Greenville by another Red Sox lefty as Rich Hill continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Like Miller, Hill pitched Saturday with Hillâ€™s next outing with the Drive scheduled for Tuesday night.
Asked to size up Hillâ€™s outing on Saturday â€“ the 32-year-old needed just 17 pitches to strike out the side in the top of the first inning â€“ Miller replied, â€śHe did great and looks as game ready as you can be. Itâ€™s pretty impressive considering what he was going through a year ago.â€ť