GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Don't look for Adam Miller to pitch any time soon.
The Indians are taking the cautious approach with Miller, who was told to stop pitching because of soreness in his surgically repaired right middle finger following a bullpen session six days ago. ¶
"We had Miller evaluated locally by a hand specialist,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said on Wednesday. ""He has inflammation of the finger. But it is not a re-injury. The inflammation developed because of the volume of throwiing he has done in camp, bullpens and in batting practice.''
Consequently, Miller will remain idle for several more days.
"Adam will be shut down for seven to 10 days, at which time he will return to a throwing program,'' Soloff said. ""If everything goes as planned, he will be able to pitch in four to six (exhibition) games.''
Miller does not have a secure spot on the roster. He came to Arizona trying to win a berth in the bullpen.
More important than Miller's immediate status is whether his current finger pain will surface again. Soloff believes the farther that Miller is removed from the finger surgery he endured last season, the less the chance he will suffer more further.
"He's nine months out now,'' the trainer said. ""We are hoping that the more time he puts behind him, he'll be in a better position.''
Soloff said the club must find out how much throwing Miller can tolerate without aggrvating the finger.
"We hope to frind out how much is too much,'' Soloff said. ""I think we found out that a normal spring training is too much. When he comes back, we will be overly cautious.
"It hard to say (if he will have a recurrence). This is such a unique case, we're operating in uncharted waters. But we're hoping for the best.''
A WIN -- The Indians beat the Cubs 5-4 for only their third win in eight games.
Carl Pavano gave up three runs and four hits in two innings, and Fausto Carmona gave up a hit and walk in two innings. Scott Lewis, competing for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, yielded one run and four hits in two innings.
Beau Mills hit his first homer of the spring and singled, driving in two runs.
SHAPIRO'S TAKE -- Asked if he had any concerns about Cliff Lee riding shotgun in an F-16 fighter jet today, the GM said, ""As long as he isn't flying the plane, I'm OK with it.''
UPDATES -- Closer Kerry Wood (sore back) threw 28 warmup pitches than pitched an eight-minute simulated game with no ill effects... Grady Sizemore (strained groin) took batting practice and ran for the first time Wednesday. He is scheduled to run again Friday and Saturday. He could be the DH as early as Sunday... Joe Smith (virus) threw all of his pitches in a 25-pitch bullpen for the first time since he fell ill more than a week ago. He will throw again on Friday.