Monday, June 20, 2016

Hellickson, Phillies host Miller, D-backs in finale

Shelby Miller rejoined the D-backs' rotation for Monday's series finale against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The 25-year-old righty has been on the disabled list since May 25 with a right index finger sprain. Prior to landing on the DL, Miller had posted a 7.09 ERA over his first 10 starts, capped by allowing six runs over five innings against the Pirates on May 24. In two rehab starts with Class A Advanced Visalia, Miller gave up one run over 12 innings and struck out 19.
"You're facing A-ball guys, so you can't really base too much off of what you do, but more so past the numbers was how I felt, and I felt good mechanically," Miller said. "Everything felt a little bit smoother and simpler."
In his return, Miller will be opposed by Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 4.46 ERA). The Phillies' right-hander has hit a rough patch of late, allowing 14 runs over his last three starts (7.41 ERA). He's also walked three batters in each of his last three starts.
"It's a concern," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said after Hellickson's last start. "He relies quite a bit on his command and control. … He's trying to be too fine, I think. I would rather see him worry about just staying down in the zone and hitting the corners."
Three things to know about this game
• Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in baseball. Over his last 30 games, Goldschmidt is hitting .373 (41-110 AB) with seven home runs.
• Another D-back owns a longest active streak title: Brad Ziegler, who recorded his 42nd straight save in Saturday's 4-1 win.
• Mackanin moved Maikel Franco down to sixth in the order for Saturday and Sunday's games. It's the lowest Franco has hit in the order this season. Over his last 19 games, Franco is 11-for-64 (.172). He's struck out at least once in all but two of the 16 games he has played in June.

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