Miller on the DL
There’s a solid reason that might explain why Trever Miller has not been as sharp on the mound as expected.
"I tried to self medicate with some Advil, put some hot stuff on it, got some rubdowns, thinking I could pitch through it," Miller told MLB.com’s Alyson Footer. "I’ve pitched through things like this before, with my arm or leg or some other spot on my body.
"Those tend to go away, gradually. This was going in the other direction, getting progressively worse. So was my performance out there, obviously. I wasn’t helping the team by going out there and doing that."
Miller was obviously referring to his 12.27 ERA (5 ER/3.2 IP) in 7 appearances. He was diagnosed a mild sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
That represents a stint in the 15-day DL for Miller; and the Astros are replacing him in the roster with right-hander Dave Borkowski, 29, called up from Triple-A Round Rock.
Borkowski is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA (2 ER/7.0 IP) in 6 appearances with Round Rock this season. His last MLB appearance was with Baltimore in 2004 (3-4, 5.14 ERA, 32 ER/56.0 IP) in 17 games, including 8 starts.
One last thing. Please read this article. It saddens me because Jeff Bagwell is indeed everything a baseball player should be, and he is loved and respected by many. It’s not just a fight for playing baseball again, and that is not even the priority right now. It’s about living a pain-free and normal life. I do hope he gets that.