CLEVELAND -- A fickle finger prevented Adam Miller from making good on the acclaim that made him the Indians' No. 1, seemingly, can't-miss prospect.
Miller hadn't pitched for a Tribe affiliate since May 20, 2008. He had to have four surgical procedures to address a problem with the pulley system in his right middle finger, and the issues were considered as career-threatening as they were rare.
So Friday's news that Miller has been cleared to pitch out of the Class A Kinston bullpen was quite a comeback story, no matter where Miller goes from here. Miller has been clocked up to 95 mph and has flashed an above average slider, according to farm director Ross Atkins.
"Adam has already been one of the best stories of the year for us in player development," Atkins said. "I don't think many individuals could have endured the series of injuries and rehabilitations as well as he has. The fact that he's pitching again at this level is truly a testament to his ability to stay focused on what he can control and not once feel sorry for himself. It truly has been inspirational for us to witness."
Miller, 26, had been in extended spring camp in Goodyear, Ariz., before getting the call to Kinston. He's certainly a name worth tracking in the months ahead.