Shelby Miller will make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday


Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller experienced some mild soreness in his right shoulder last week while trying to ramp up his spring throwing program.

But it’s apparently already a non-issue.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the righty is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against the Nationals. Adam Wainwright will start the game and then Miller will come in to pitch an inning or two.

Miller is in a stiff competition for the final spot in the Cardinals’ starting rotation with Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Kelly. The 22-year-old native of Houston, Texas registered a promising 1.32 ERA and struck out 16 batters over his first 13 2/3 major league innings last season. His upside is massive.

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.