(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.