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Wade Miller


Miller, on the 60-day disabled list, will start for Triple-A Iowa against the Astros' minor league affiliate in nearby Round Rock on Wednesday. Miller, a former Astro, was with the Cubs in Houston, where they opened a three-game series on Monday.


Miller avoided shoulder surgery a year ago, choosing to rehab his throwing shoulder through the offseason and into the spring before returning to action in May. The 29-year-old righthander has remained adamant against surgery throughout the process, but now he's heavily leaning toward getting his rotator cuff problem resolved via the knife this offseason.


Miller will pitch Game 3 of the Eastern League championship series for Double-A Portland on Friday. The Boston righthander faces Cleveland's Double-A affiliate from Akron. He will be on a count of 70-85 pitches.


Rehabbing a shoulder ailment, Miller pitched 2.2 innings Sunday for Double-A Portland in his first rehab assignment. The Boston righthander will make a second and final one for Portland on Friday.


Miller won't make his scheduled start against Detroit on Tuesday. Bothered by biceps tendinitis, Miller may throw on the side Tuesday, but top pitching prospect Jon Papelbon has been recalled to face the Tigers at Comerica Park. Miller is 4-4 with a 4.95 ERA in 16 starts this season.


Miller will throw a session on the side Monday or Tuesday, marking the first time the Boston righthander has thrown since going on the disabled list following his start last Monday. Miller was bothered by shoulder stiffness, but he says the shoulder is feeling much better after doing a series of shoulder exercises during his week on the sidelines. He believes he'll be ready to return to the Boston rotation after a few side sessions.


Suffering from stiffness in his right shoulder, Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He leaves the active roster with a 4-4, 4.95 record in 91 innings over 16 starts, with 64 strikeouts and 47 walks.


Miller wsa scratched from his scheduled start on Friday night because of stiffness in his pitching shoulder. Boston manager Terry Francona said Miller could have made his start, but the 28-year-old righthander was replaced by Bronson Arroyo because Thursday's off day allowed the Red Sox to use Arroyo on regular rest. The skipper said Miller simply is getting some extra rest between starts. Miller is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against Kansas City.


Miller took the loss in Boston's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay on Monday. The 28-year-old righthander hasn't picked up a "W" since May 31, and he's gone 0-3 with a 5.10 ERA in eight starts since then. For the season, Miller is 2-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 13 outings.


Miller will make his season debut for the Red Sox on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, as the starter in the second game of the day-night doubleheader.


Miller has been told to treat his Tuesday night start for Triple-A Pawtucket much like he would treat his last spring training start before the beginning of the regular season. It's likely that Miller will join the Boston Red Sox' rotation after working for Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Miller could start for Boston as soon as Sunday, when the Red Sox host Seattle in the finale of a weekend series.


While Miller pitched five shutout innings for Boston's Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate on Thursday night, don't look for a front-office push to get the 28-year-old righthander back in the majors sooner because of injuries to David Wells and Curt Schilling. Miller is expected to make at least one more minor league rehab start, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 3.

Miller gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings. His top radar reading was 91 MPH. He still may add a little velocity as he gains more arm strength. It looks like the Red Sox will give him more time to fine-tune his game.


Miller settled for a side session at Fenway Park Monday after a pair of Double-A Portland games were rained out over the weekend, eliminating his chances to make a minor league rehab start. The plan is to have Miller start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

While the Boston Globe has mentioned May 8 against Baltimore as a possible return date for Miller, manager Terry Francona won't commit to a planned return. The skipper says how Miller feels and looks eventually will determine when the righthander returns. Either way, look for Miller to take a few turns for Pawtucket before a proposed major league start is scheduled.


Miller made his second minor league rehab start on Monday at Boston's high Class-A Wilmington. The 28-year-old righthander allowed one earned run on six hits over five innings and struck out six. He didn't walk a batter and threw 47 of 67 pitches for strikes.

Miller's injury limited him to just 15 starts with the Houston Astros last season, and he went 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA in those contests. He should be ready to join the Red Sox in a couple of weeks.


Miller gave up two runs on four hits over 4.2 innings in a minor league rehab start with Class-A Greenville on Wednesday. The Red Sox' righthander, who continues to recover from a frayed rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder, reported no major problems after tossing 73 pitches. He expects to make at least two more starts in the minors before joining Boston's rotation. His next outing is scheduled for Monday -- site to be determined.

Miller's injury limited him to just 15 starts with the Houston Astros last season, and he went 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA in those contests. He's still about 2-3 weeks from major league action.


As scheduled, Miller took the mound in an extended spring training game on Thursday, tossing 60 pitches, most of which were fastballs, but a few breaking balls were included as well. The Red Sox' righthander, who continues to recover from a frayed rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder, is still optimistic that he will join the major league rotation by the end of the month.

Miller reported no major problems after Thursday's outing, and it appears he is on schedule in his rehab program. His injury limited him to just 15 starts with the Houston Astros last season, and he went 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA in those contests.


Miller is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches in an extended spring training outing on Thursday, as he continues to recover from a frayed rotator cuff, an injury that forced him to miss the second half of the 2004 campaign. The Red Sox' righthander remains on the 15-day disabled list.

Miller continues to be optimistic that he will join the Red Sox' starting rotation by the end of the month. His status likely will be updated after Thursday's session. In 15 starts with the Houston Astros last season, he went 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA.