Coming back from an injury such as a tight hamstring sometimes takes time and a bit of rehab in the minors for some baseball players. Texas Rangers utility man Brad Miller started a rehab stint with the Frisco RoughRiders, and he played a little bit of everything.
From playing first base to being the DH, the RoughRiders made sure that he got an ample amount of time at each of the positions that he usually plays. Let's take a look at how he did over the weekend and what's up next for the veteran player.
Brad Miller Rehab Stint: How did Brad Miller do this past weekend on the field?
Miller started his rehab stint on Friday night as the RoughRiders took on the Corpus Christi Hooks. He would start off playing first base and looked pretty good fielding the ball. Batting third in the lineup, he recorded a walk and a hit in the three at-bats he would have. That's not bad considering it's his first game back from a hamstring injury.
On Saturday night, they put Miller in at the designated hitter position and had him bat second in the lineup. In his two at-bats, he walked twice, struck out twice, and recorded zero hits. He looked patient at the plate for some of the at-bats and for the others, it was not pretty. One of his strikeouts he swung super early at a change-up that ended up in the dirt.
On Sunday night, Miller was placed at third base and was fourth in the batting order. Miller contributed to the offense late in the game when he scored a run. The rest of his stat line was basically the same as Friday and Saturday night. At least the Rangers found out Brad Miller still has some speed running the bases.
Brad Miller Rehab Stint: What does he do when he returns to the Rangers?
Right now, I do not know the plans of when Brad Miller will be called back up or when he will be put into the Rangers lineup. Based on what I saw at the games that I attended, Miller needs to be a player who comes off the bench during the game.
I think adding him to the lineup in such a crucial stretch such as the September portion of the Rangers schedule could be detrimental to the chances of them making the playoffs. However, he would be a great player to have on the playoff roster if the Rangers end up needing him for a postseason run.
Luckily for the Rangers, his contract is up at the end of the season, and they can move on from him. Rangers fans should appreciate all the things Miller has contributed the last two seasons. Based on how good of a player Miller is, there is no doubt that he is going to be on an MLB team next season.