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Arizona Diamondbacks: Miler placed on DL with right forearm tightness

By Mark Brown
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day Disabled List. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day Disabled List. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) /
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The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Shelby Miller on the DL with right forearm tightness.

The injury sustained by right-hander Shelby Miller of the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday could be more serious than first thought.

When Miller left the contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers with no outs in the fifth inning, the concern seemed immediate and not long term. Describe as tightness in his right forearm, Miller told Venom Strikes after the game, “I feel fine and will probably feel better tomorrow.”

Perhaps, but the Diamondbacks took every precaution. Before Monday’s game with the San Diego Padres in Chase Field, Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list with that tightness. To replace Miller on the 25-man roster, the Diamondbacks called up reliever Silvino Bracho (0-0, one save, 0.00 ERA in six appearances) from Triple-A Reno.

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Miller is next slated to open this coming weekend’s series Friday night at home against the Colorado Rockies. At this point, Archie Bradley is believed to be the candidate to take Miller’s spot in the rotation.

By placing Miller on the DL April 24, that marks the latest transaction at the start of the season in franchise history. Going on the disabled list, Miller was 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA for four starts.

While manager Torey Lovullo would not speculate on the severity of Miller’s injury after Sunday’ game, tightness in the forearm could lead to more serious issues. One result could be the onset of tendinitis, which could require a few days up to a few weeks, or longer, for recovery. While surgery does not result from tendinitis, the Diamondbacks will keep a close watch to see if Miler does not suffer from significant tendon damage.

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In the case of teammate David Peralta, the Diamondbacks’ outfielder was shut down last Aug. 11 for the remainder of the season because of surgery to stabilize a tendon in his right wrist. While Miller’s current diagnosis may not be that extreme, the Diamondbacks will proceed with every caution.

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