It was a busy afternoon in the bullpen Monday as three injured Marlins pitchers -- Andrew Miller, Scott Proctor and Rick VandenHurk -- took turns throwing off the mound. Of the three, Miller is the closest to a return, but is scheduled for at least two rehab starts before making his way back on the roster. Miller is down to make a rehab start on Wednesday for Single A Jupiter and another on Monday for Double A Jacksonville.
One interesting note with Miller: he acknowledged that his new delivery contributed to the oblique injury that landed him on the disabled list. But Miller said he won't go back to the old way of throwing after he returns from the DL.
"The way I had been throwing in the past, I wouldn't have had this injury, because I was so rotational and I wasn't in a direct line," Miller said. "When I was rotating, there was no pinching of that rib. When I tried to stay in a direct line, yes, that new movement was what created it. I don't think I could have had that type of injury the way I threw in the past."
Miller said he is hoping additional stretching exercises will improve his flexiblity and prevent the injury from happening again.
"Do I think it's enough reason to change and go back, and throw everything out the window?" Miller said. "Absolutely not."
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. John Baker, c; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Jeremy Hermida, lf; 7. Cody Ross, rf; 8. Cameron Maybin, cf; 9. Josh Johnson.
Reds: 1. Willy Taveras, cf; 2. Chris Dickerson, lf; 3. Joey Votto, 1b; 4. Brandon Phillips, 2b; 5. Jay Bruce, rf; 6. Ramon Hernandez, c; 7.Adam Rosales, 3b; 8. Alex Gonzalez, ss; 9. Aaron Harang, p.