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Miller's Career In Jeopardy

March 18, 2009
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This is not what we wanted to hear in regard to Indians right-hander Adam Miller. From an Indians press release today:


Last week RHP Adam Miller experienced pain in his right long finger (middle finger) with a decrease in range of motion and a decrease in strength in the finger. He then saw a hand specialist in Scottsdale, AZ on Monday, March 16 and also was seen by Dr. Tom Graham the following day.

Adam threw again today, playing catch up to 105 feet and then threw 25 pitches off of the mound without experiencing any pain in the finger during or following. If Adam can learn to pitch with the altered anatomy in the finger and can compensate and pitch effectively with it, no surgery will be necessary.

However, if Adam cannot pitch effectively over the next 7-10 days showing command, control and velocity, he will undergo reconstructive surgery on his right long finger.

Due to the injury being to his right long finger, the injury could be career threatening.

If Adam undergoes the surgery, rehabilitation could be 9-12 months.

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