Miller has yet to make an appearance with the Cubs after signing a free agent deal this off-season. He was injured last year while pitching with the Boston Red Sox. The 29 year old right-hander was 4-4 in 16 starts last season with a 4.95 ERA.
Miller was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 20th round of the 1996 draft out of Alvernia College in his hometown or Reading, PA. He pitched in the Midwest League with the Quad City River Bandits in 1997 posting a 5.03 record and a 3.36 ERA in 10 games. He moved quickly through the Astros minor league system and made his Major League debut on July 7th, 1999. His breakout season came in 2001 when he helped pitch the Astros to the NL Central Division title with a 16-8 record and a 3.40 ERA.
Miller set a Houston franchise record in 2002 by winning 12 straight decisions from July 7th – September 21st en route to a 15-4 record and a 3.28 ERA. His final season in Houston was in 2004 when he posted a 7-7 record in just 15 games.
Miller has been plagued by right shoulder injuries over the last couple of seasons and was signed by the Cubs January 23rd, 2006. He began the 2005 season on the DL and was activated May 8th after making rehab starts in Greenville, Wilmington and Pawtucket. He tossed 91 innings for the Red Sox before being shut down for the season on August 8th. He has pitched in Mesa, AZ at extended spring training so far this year for the Cubs and threw a bullpen session at Wrigley Field on Friday.
Miller is the fourth pitcher to rehab with the Chiefs in 2006. Kerry Wood threw five shutout innings against Lansing in front of 8,426 fans on May 7th. Mark Prior lost to Kane County in front of 5,865 fans on Memorial Day and then fell to Fort Wayne inn front of 6,828 fans on June 3rd. Scott Williamson threw one inning and allowed a run at Kane County on Thursday night.
It is not yet known how long Miller's rehab stint will last with the Chiefs or overall in the minor league system. He will throw two innings against the Swing at 7:00 on Thursday and then be re-evaluated by the Cubs. The first 1500 fans on Thursday night will receive a Grant Johnson Collectible Baseball courtesy of Ameren Cilco. Gates will open at 6:00 PM.