PORT CHARLOTTE — Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brad Miller played in both of the Charlotte Stone Crabs games on Saturday as he works his way back from a groin injury.
The second baseman did a little bit of everything in the two games against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
“It was fun,” Miller said. “I was good to get out there, run around, and test it. It was definitely a good day.”
He doubled in his first at-bat on a hard-hit ball down the right field line. He drew a walk in his second plate appearance, and had to hustle from first to third on a single. He also caught a fly ball and had a put out on a grounder in the field.
While serving as the designated hitter in the second game, he hit another double and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. In the two games combined, he went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two strikeouts and a run scored.
“Luckily, I was able to run the bases and test some things,” Miller said. “I feel good.”
This stint on the disabled list is the second of the season for Miller. He previously missed time with an abdominal injury, and hurt his groin just three games after returning.
Miller has played in 42 games this year and is batting .194 in 139 at-bats. He’s hit three doubles, three triples, two home runs and has drawn 32 walks.
The 27-year-old is one of five Rays who have made an appearance at second base this season.
With a carousel of middle infielders, Tampa Bay has recently acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and utility man Trevor Plouffe. The trade for Hechavarria has moved Tim Beckham to second base, while Daniel Robertson was placed to the 10-day disabled list.
Miller said he’ll be back with the Stone Crabs for today’s 12:35 matinee against Palm Beach.