The St. Louis Cardinals took a kick to the gut on Wednesday night while trying to gain ground on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central race. In the second pitch of a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller was hit on his right elbow by a line drive from Carl Crawford. That’s Miller’s throwing arm, and his elbow was instantly inflamed and swollen so naturally, he left the game immediately and then things got ugly as Los Angeles piled on the runs in a 13-4 blowout.
The Cards entered the game two games behind the Bucs in the division race, but lost the contest and ground as Pittsburgh topped the Miami Marlins to increase its division lead to three games. But St. Louis did receive some good news: X-rays on Miller’s elbow were negative, so the diagnosis is a contusion.
The rookie from Houston, Texas, has done well in his first full major-league season with a record of 11-7 and a 2.89 ERA with 132 strikeouts. Hopefully for St. Louis, this isn’t a major setback because the Cardinals are going to need all hands on deck at 100 percent health for a legit run at another World Series title.