Cards' Miller involved in infield collision

Prospect recovers, hurls two solid innings in his Spring debut

By David Heck / Special to | March 7, 2012 3:44 PM ET

Shelby Miller pitched in his first Spring Training game Wednesday, but his results were probably the last thing the Cardinals cared about when all was said and done.'s No. 5 prospect provided a scare when he collided with third baseman Daniel Descalso and fell to the ground in the first inning. He was able to keep pitching, however, and ended up allowing one run over two frames as St. Louis played Washington to a 3-3 tie in Grapefruit League action.

The collision occurred with one out in the first after Rick Ankiel sent a popup soaring above home plate. The wind carried the ball into fair territory, where first baseman Matt Adams and Descalso converged on it.

Miller left the mound to try and get out of the way, but ended up running straight into Descalso. The 21-year-old right-hander was knocked to the ground, though he got up quickly as Adams made the catch. Miller took just one practice pitch before continuing with the inning.

"In general, you see anyone go down and you're worried," manager Mike Matheny told "It's certainly not his ball. He's trying to get out of the way. Your natural instinct isn't that the ball is going to carry 100 feet when it gets in the air."

Miller ended up yielding two hits and a walk over his two innings, striking out one. He expects his right calf to be sore on Thursday, but otherwise reported no problems following the game.

Adams finished the game 2-for-5, continuing his hot start to the Spring. The Cardinals' No. 9 prospect, who swatted a pinch-hit grand slam on Tuesday, is hitting .444 so far.

David Heck is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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