D-backs P Shelby Miller set for return 14 months after Tommy John surgery

Shelby Miller is scheduled to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ rotation Monday, 14 months after the right-hander underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Miller will face the Marlins next week in Miami. He rejoined the NL West-leading Diamondbacks before their 9-3 win over the Pirates on Thursday after making four rehab starts in the minor leagues.

I’m pretty excited, but I’m assuming the first (start) back won’t be perfect, Miller said. There are going to be times where I’m going to have to bear down and get through some stuff. I’ve talked to people (who have had the surgery) and they say command is the last thing to come back.

Reds: Homer Bailey will make a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday, throwing between 75 and 90 pitches. Bailey has been sidelined since June 2 with a sore right knee. He’s 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA.

Cubs: Luke Farrell (2-2) will make his first start of the season after a dozen relief appearances.

Reds: Anthony DeSclafani makes his fourth start. He was sidelined for the first two months with a strained oblique suffered during spring training. DeSclafani is 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA.

I just wanted to bring one in, said Washington’s manager before his team’s series opener against the division rival Philadelphia Phillies. It is Friday.

Consciously or not, the former big league outfielder was paraphrasing the lyrics to Zhane’s Hey Mr. D.J., the 90’s dance hit that dropped smack dab in the middle of his playing career. If you’ve never had the listening pleasure or don’t remember the hook, it goes a little something like this:

The Nats’ ace swears he’s normal. The evidence — three Cy Youngs, 152 strikeouts in 2018 and a near obsession with minor tweaks — proves otherwise.

In the opener of a three-game set in D.C., the Phillies trounced the Nationals 12-2, in the process leapfrogging them for second place in the NL East. Philly is now 8-3 in its past 11 games, while Washington is 3-8 in its past 11. Even though the division rivals will square off twice more this weekend, not to mention 13 more times after that, and even though there’s over half a season still left to play, the upstart Phils sent a clear message on what turned out to be a Freaky Friday: They’re not planning on going away anytime soon.

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