CARDINALS: The team is giving Shelby Miller an extended All-Star break in hopes they can count on the rookie having plenty left for September and beyond.
Everyone in the rotation is getting extra rest, including All-Star Adam Wainwright. No one’s gap between starts is anywhere near as long as the 22-year-old Miller, who’ll have 13 days before his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Phillies.
Miller is 9-6 with a 2.92 ERA in 104⅔ innings, third-most on the staff. He got two extra days before making his last start prior to the break.
RED SOX: Manager John Farrell announced that because of lingering soreness that resurfaced on the team’s West Coast trip, Clay Buchholz scheduled bullpen session was scratched. Instead, Buchholz is now slated to be re-examined today by team orthopedist Peter Asnis.
Buchholz has not undergone an MRI since June 27, when the team announced that there was no structural damage, but that he had bursitis in his right shoulder. The Red Sox had been encouraged by Buchholz’s progress since then, with Farrell talking last weekend about his starter nearing the point where he would throw a simulated game then go on a rehab assignment.
RANGERS: Released left-hander Brad Mills from his minor league contract so that he could sign to play in Japan. He signed an agreement with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League.