The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping Shelby Miller's extended break will pay dividends down the road.
Jonathan Pettibone has been doing his part lately to help the Philadelphia Phillies' hopes of making a run at the postseason.
These rookie right-handers open a three-game series Tuesday night in St. Louis, where the Phillies have enjoyed some recent success.
Miller (9-6, 2.92 ERA) will pitch for the first time since allowing three runs over five innings without a decision in a 5-4 victory over Houston on July 10. He is third on the Cardinals (59-37) with 104 23 innings.
"If you look at it, it's pretty smart," Miller said. "I don't know innings-wise, but the most I've thrown hasn't been a ton in my career. I'm over 100 now and I'm trying to get to 180 or so this year not including whatever we do in the postseason, so I think it's just more precautionary and a smart play."
St. Louis wants to ensure the 22-year-old, who is 5-2 with a 1.93 ERA in nine home outings, will be fresh for ...