The Diamondbacks made a blockbuster deal in the offseason to acquire Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves and the move hasn't worked out to say the least. Miller is 1-6 with a 7.06 ERA in 10 starts, frustrating Diamondbacks fans with his inability to simply perform. His peripheral numbers are equally as bad, registering a 30/29 strikeout to walk ratio and surrendering 10 home runs in 45 2/3 innings pitched. That equates to a 6.59 FIP and 5.67 xFIP on Fangraphs, which places his value at -0.7 fWAR.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Diamondbacks will place Shelby Miller on the 15-Day DL with a finger injury. Miller is likely being placed with the finger issue that popped up in his start in San Diego. Miller scraped the mound with his bare knuckles during the 2nd inning of that start and lasted only one batter further before getting pulled. Chip Hale was quoted as recently as yesterday that the finger is still bothering Miller. My only question is why they let Miller go another month if the finger was still bothering him, but that's a better discussion for the comments section of this page than the article itself.
Nick Piecoro reported last night that the Diamondbacks had pulled Archie Bradley from his scheduled AAA start, so it will be interesting to see in what order they utilize their starting rotation for the series against the San Diego Padres. Miller was scheduled to start the game on Sunday. Given the timing of these two moves, I suspect that the Diamondbacks will call up RHP Archie Bradley and have him make the start the first game of the series tonight. Then they would have Robbie Ray pitch tomorrow and Zack Greinke on Sunday. We wait and see what the corresponding move is officially.
Update: More roster moves made today