Of his 39 pitches, 26 went for strikes. Miller’s fastball was consistently clocked between 82 and 85 mph. His breaking balls were in the high-60s to low-70s and he featured a sharp sweeping, diving movement across the plate that tumbled away from right-handed hitters.
Miller is rehabbing an injured right shoulder. If everything goes smoothly, he will most likely start again on Tuesday at Wisconsin. After the game, he met with reporters and was satisfied with his performance.
Q: How did it feel to get back out there?
A: It was pretty much what I expected. It’s good to get the adrenaline going.
Q: What was your pitch count tonight?
A: I had between 30 and 40. I definitely want to get that up.
Q: How does the arm feel?
A: Everything feels good. Now I’m just working on mechanics.
Q: The first hitter of the game slapped a single off your first pitch. Were you a little concerned?
A: No, it wasn’t a concern. I was just trying to throw a strike with the first pitch and he hit it.
Q: What pitches did you use?
A: I used all of them. I threw the same number of sliders as curveballs and only a couple changeups.
Q: How will your pitch counts progress in future rehab starts?
A: I was able to throw my whole pitch count tonight with no problems. Next time we’ll probably tack on another 15 pitches.
Q: How often will you be making starts?
A: I imagine I’ll go every five days.
Q: With the Cubs struggling, do you feel added pressure to get healthy and join the team?
A: No. There’s no pressure for me to get back.
Q: What is the timetable for rejoining the Cubs?
A: They haven’t set a timetable yet.
Q: Did you feel a little nervous tonight, coming back to the old league where you played minor league ball?
A: I was a lot more nervous back then. Now it’s all about getting to the point of being successful in the big leagues.