Rays first baseman Miller injured taking batting practice
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tampa Bay first baseman Brad Miller has been scratched from Monday’s game with a facial contusion after hitting a ball that deflected off a protective screen and struck him near his left eye during batting practice.
Miller was immediately attended to by a team trainer and there was some light bleeding but nothing significant, according to a Rays spokesman.
Tampa Bay didn’t announce the change until an hour before the scheduled first pitch.
Miller was scheduled to bat leadoff for a fourth consecutive game before he was hurt. Mallex Smith moves up in the lineup from sixth to the leadoff spot.