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Miller Injured as Dodgers Blow Out Cards 13-4

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Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller was injured on the second pitch of the game. The Dodgers Carl Crawford’s comebacker nailed Miller flush on his right elbow. Miller left the game after that shot and the Cardinals couldn’t recover, getting blown out by the Dodgers 13-4 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

Jake Westbrook, the Cardinals starting pitcher for Thursday, was pressed into action and allowed nine runs in four and two-thirds innings pitched. That stint included a six run second inning by the Dodgers. The Cardinals mounted a rally in the fifth inning with three runs to cut the Los Angeles lead to 7-3. But former Cardinal Skip Schumaker drove in four runs with three hits to pace the Dodgers to the win.

Miller has been diagnosed with a contusion on his right elbow. The good news, X-rays came back negative on Miller’s elbow and right arm, so no break. It is not known how long Miller will need to recover from the deep contusion to his right elbow.

After the game the Cardinals announced that Carlos Martinez will be called up from AAA Memphis to make his first Major League start on Thursday against the Dodgers.