(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals had a protracted battle with the Rockies Tuesday night, falling short in a 10-5 contest that stretched four hours.
While there was a good bit of offense from both sides, the most newsworthy moment of the night came when Shelby Miller exited the game in the third inning.
The reason given at the time was back tightness, and it was unknown how serious the problem was.
INJURY REPORT: Shelby Miller removed from the game with back tightness.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 25, 2014
After losing both Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha to the DL three days ago, the Cardinals could ill-afford another starter going on an extended absence.
Miller exited after 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and walking five, one intentional.
After the game, reports out of Colorado were positive, with Matheny saying the 23-year-old is expected to make his next start.
It’s welcome news with 40 percent of the rotation already sidelined with injury, however Miller’s abbreviated start put the Cardinal pen to work early.
In all, five relievers were used to finish the game. Nick Greenwood and Seth Maness worked multiple innings, and Sam Freeman, Jason Motte and Randy Choate all made appearances.
With Marco Gonzales making his MLB debut Wednesday, the St. Louis relief staff may have a heavy demand once again. The club will likely not want to overwork their young starter, and the thin air of Denver is can be a rough atmosphere for any pitcher, let alone one making the jump from AA.