Miller struck by ball, leaves game in 1st inning

Miller struck by ball, leaves game in 1st inning

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Miller struck by ball, leaves game in 1st inning

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 8:44 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Shelby Miller was forced to leave in the first inning after being struck by a line drive on the second pitch thrown on Wednesday.

In the game’s first at-bat, Carl Crawford hit a 93-mph fastball for a line drive up the middle before it deflected off Miller’s right elbow and over the left side of the infield for a double. Miller instantly threw his glove off before squatting in obvious pain while trainers tended to him.

The Cardinals later announced the x-rays taken of the elbow came back negative and the injury is classified as a right elbow contusion.

Michael Blazek entered the game in relief of Miller and worked around the leadoff double for a scoreless first inning.

The 22-year-old rookie entered his 22nd start of the season with a 11-7 record and a 2.89 ERA.

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