JUPITER, Fla. • Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller has been cleared to throw today on flat ground and he said he's been told to take today as if he's getting ready to throw off the mound in the near future.
Miller was pulled from the program Wednesday because of lingering tightness in his right shoulder.
The starter was given treatment that including anti-inflammatory medication and vigorous stretching of the joint. He said the soreness came after his first appearance against hitters this spring. Cleared to play catch today -- on flat ground, about 120 feet, normal stuff -- Miller could then return to the mound for a bullpen session or live batting practice as early as Friday.
"I feel 100 percent," he said. "All good."
Here is the schedule of pitchers facing hitters today at RDS:
RHP Lance Lynn
RHP Seth Maness
RHP Jason Motte
LHP Sam Freeman
RHP Mitchell Boggs
RHP Michael Blazek
RHP Fernando Salas
LHP Tyler Lyons
RHP Eric Fornataro
LHP Kevin Siegrist
Lynn will face the following group of hitters: Rafael Furcal, Ronny Cedeno, Tony Cruz, Greg Garcia, and Jesus Montero. Looks like Jason Motte will face hitters from a group that could include David Freese, Adron Chambers, Ryan Jackson, Kolten Wong, and Adam Ehrlich.
Joe Kelly, Edward Mujica and John Gast are set for side sessions.
Through the schedules you can see the starting pitchers who are handcuffed together on the same schedule as games approach. Trevor Rosenthal and Michael Wacha are linked. Kelly and Gast. Lynn and Maness have thrown on the same day. And so on.
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