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D-backs’ Shelby Miller leaves start, will have MRI on forearm

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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller will have an MRI on his forearm today after leaving his start Sunday against the Dodgers, according to Barry Bloom of MLB.com.

The club said they scheduled the MRI as a precaution after Miller experienced tightness in his forearm in the fifth inning following the third batter he faced. Miller exited the game after he, manager Torey Lovullo and the team’s trainer talked on the mound about the injury. Randall Delgado replaced Miller on the hill and the Diamondbacks went on to lose 6-2.

Miller said to Bloom that he didn’t believe the injury was anything serious.

"Personally, I feel like I'll probably feel better tomorrow," Miller said. "I don't think it's that big of an issue. I think it's more just one of those things that flare up when you're out there. Physically, I don't think it's damaging at all. It's just what it is, a little tight.

"Their plan is just to give me an MRI to see where it's at. It's just a safe bet."

Miller is 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA this season in four starts. Miller struggled last year in his first season with Arizona, going 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA in 20 starts.

If Miller’s injury turns out to be more serious than it is, the Diamondbacks may have to either bring Archie Bradley from the bullpen into the rotation or call up No. 1 prospect Anthony Banda to fill in the spot. After all, the D-backs are having a nice start to the year, as they are 12-8 and second in the NL West. They also have an 8-2 home record, which is the second-best mark in the majors to the Yankees.