Miller hits 'bump in the road'

Adam Miller’s throwing program hit a snag this week, as the right-handed prospect experienced discomfort in his right middle finger.

Miller, trying to work his way back to game action despite the inability to bend the tip of that finger, was supposed to throw his first live batting practice session at the Goodyear complex on Monday, but he felt the discomfort after warming up in the bullpen. He was shut down for the rest of the week and was scheduled to play catch today.

“We’re playing it as cautiously as possible,” head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said. “This is certainly a bump in the road for him. We’ll know more based on how he tolerates his throwing program over the next three to five days.”

Surgery is still very much a possibility for Miller. By the end of next week, the Indians will decide if he needs to visit with team hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham again.

“[Surgery] is always going to be an option if he fails conservative management,” Soloff said.

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