The Arizona Diamondbacks have scratched young southpaw Wade Miley from his start Tuesday because of discomfort in his left biceps, reports Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Both Miley and manager Kirk Gibson don't think the injury is anything more than a bout of "dead arm," but the club has elected to give the left-hander some rest rather than push through it.
Miley told Gilbert that he has dealt with the issue in the past, while the season was going on, and just pitched through the dead arm. With some time before Opening Day, however, Miley is going to give it a rest in this instance:
"We're just going to strengthen it back up and go from there," Miley said. "It's nothing serious, just a little tight and the ball isn't coming out the way I want it to, like a little dead arm a little bit, a little tired, I guess...
"I just want to get it out of the way so it doesn't bother me in April."
Miley, 26, is coming off a stellar rookie campaign in which he finished runner-up in the NL Rookie of the Year award. The southpaw posted a 3.33 ERA, 6.7 K/9 rate and 1.7 BB/9 rate in 194⅔ innings over 29 starts for the D'Backs in 2012, cementing his spot in Arizona's young and deep rotation for the coming year.
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As of now, Miley is slated to set up shop in the No. 3 slot in the D'Backs' rotation, his first start of the regular season coming on April 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals.