(BaseballStL) -- A cramp in the right leg forced an early exit for Shelby Miller against the Chicago Cubs on Monday.
The injury became apparent with Miller on the mound facing Travis Wood with one out in the fifth inning. Yadier Molina signaled for the trainers as Miller stretched behind the mound with the count at 2-1 to Wood.
Miller then threw a pitch to test the leg before returning to strike out Wood and get Luis Valbuena to fly out to end the inning.
“It was just cramping up as I pushed of the mound towards the end,” Miller said. “I kind of just battled through the last couple of outs, but it’s alright. We got it taken care of.”
Due up second in the bottom half, Miller was taken out in favor of pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton. Kevin Siegrist replaced him on the mound the next inning.
“He was fine as we went out and visited him at the mound,” manager Mike Matheny said. “He seemed pretty confident, but I think we all saw a drop in velocity, a drop in kind of the crispness that he had all game and that’s enough warning for us.”
Miller consistently threw his fastball in the 94-96 miles per hour range in the early portion of the game, but tapered off at 92-94 miles per hour in the fifth inning.
“I’m guessing a little dehydrated this week,” Miller said of the cramp. “I guess I didn’t get enough electrolytes or whatever it is I need, but it feels okay. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. No strains or nothing. It’s all good, just cramping up a bit.”
From now on expect Miller to make an extra effort to stay hydrated as the warmer months approach.