Rangers lose pitcher Miller to surgery

Rangers lose pitcher Miller to surgery

Rangers lose pitcher Miller to surgery
ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Justin Miller has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow that will require Tommy John surgery and sideline him at least through this season. Miller was with the Rangers in Spring Training and was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, but he had not yet pitched in a game.

"It was a one-time thing," Rangers farm director Tim Purpura said. "He had some pain, we had it looked at and found it was torn. There was no knowledge beforehand there was anything wrong. It's regrettable.

The Rangers released Miller in order to make room on their 40-man roster. Purpura said that at some point, the club intends to re-sign Miller, who was a 16th-round pick by the Rangers out of Fresno State in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and went 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 48 games with Double-A Frisco last season.