Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Miller Better, but Cards Cautious; Notebook; Team to Decide Today Whether He Can Make Scheduled Start Sunday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Miller Better, but Cards Cautious; Notebook; Team to Decide Today Whether He Can Make Scheduled Start Sunday

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LOS ANGELES * While Cardinals starter Shelby Miller got the test he wanted off the mound Friday, manager Mike Matheny struck a more cautious tone about the righty's readiness for his next scheduled start, Sunday against the Dodgers.

Miller said he felt improved from the back spasms and lower-back stiffness that abbreviated his start Tuesday at Coors Field and followed him into workouts this week at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals will have an alternative ready if they decide today that Miller is not ready to start, and that sub will come from off the roster.

"We'd have to bring somebody in," Matheny said. "Where this is located, (Miller) will continue to work with it. We're not talking about an extended period of time. Most likely, one start (missed)."

Miller had hoped to throw a bullpen session Thursday, which would have been his normal between-start routine. The Cardinals encouraged him to take another day off and, at most, play catch and receive treatment. Matheny called Miller "grounded" in the training room. The righty has experienced discomfort in his lower back before this season, and the back spasms he felt Tuesday emanated through his mid- back before settling a day later in his lower back.

Miller described how he has had weakness in that area.

"I'm staying on top of it and I think this is something not just for the next start, but there are things I'm going to have to keep doing for a couple starts down the road," Miller said "This is a little like a rest week because of that. A little more rest. A little more rehab. A little more ready then for the next start."

The Cardinals' righty threw about 25 pitches off a warmup mound at Dodger Stadium before the Cardinals' batting practice. He said was able to loosen up and did throw several pitches at full effort without issue.

He is set to throw on flat ground today as a final test.

"I wanted to get a couple real good (throws) in before a start, just to be sure," Miller explained. "Flat ground helps, but it's not the real deal. It's not the mound. I got some in there at game speed and felt exactly like I needed to. Should be good to go."

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