Miller says injured hamstring improving

MillerBradBrad Miller was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Monday, but the Mariners rookie shortstop said a sore left hamstring is feeling better and he hopes to return to action in a few days.

Miller, 23, was scheduled to play catch and take some swings before Monday’s series opener with the Tigers after staying off his leg completely on Sunday. The youngster was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cardinals in the fifth inning after feeling his leg tighten up while running out a sacrifice bunt.

“It felt like a big cramp when I was running down to first,” Miller said. “Obviously I felt it pretty good. I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to keep playing. It’s still sore obviously, but it’s feeling better each day. So hopefully as soon as I can, I’ll get back out there quick.”

Miller said his leg felt fine prior to the bunt attempt and he doesn’t ever remember having any hamstring issues before.

“It’s just something that got a little tight on me,” he said. “But it’s nothing too crazy. They said the strength is there, so hopefully it was just a big cramp and now it’s just sore.”

With Miller sidelined, fellow rookie Carlos Triunfel got his second straight start at shortstop on Monday.

Here are Monday’s lineups for the series opener with the Tigers:

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