Dodgers Young Pitching Star Bobby Miller Shut Down From Throwing

 He came into the season as a potential top-end option for their rotation, but the Los Angeles Dodgers will now have to do without young pitching star Bobby Miller for some time. 

An MRI has revealed no structural damage, but nevertheless, Miller is shut down from throwing due to shoulder inflammation, with no immediate timeline on his potential return. Dodgers beat writer Jack Harris says that one source described Miller’s injury as “not severe.” There is currently no need for surgery, which of course is great news.

After a scintillating first start this season, with 11 strikeouts in six shutout innings, Miller has struggled mightily in his last two starts, surrendering seven runs on nine hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings, obviously a foreboding sign that led to this IL stint. 

Miller, who just turned 25, burst onto the scene last season as one of the top prospects in the Dodgers organization with a late-May call-up, and proceeded to have a terrific rookie season. And 22 starts, he posted a 3.76 ERA, a 1.10 whip and a 119:32 strikeout to walk ration in 124 innings. 

Right-hander J.P. Feyereisen and left-hander Nick Ramirez have been recalled to the big club.

The Dodgers are expected to get former ace Walker Buehler back in the rotation within a couple of weeks, if all goes well in his next one or two rehab starts. He missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.  

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