Miller started at designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Philadelphia. Miller filled in for Mitch Garver, who was given a rest day after coming off the injured list Tuesday. Josh H. Smith started in left field while Ezequiel Duran worked at third base, the two positions at which Miller has played the most in 2022. With the Rangers signaling a youth movement, Miller's opportunities may dwindle going forward. The one thing in his favor is clutch hitting. The veteran ranks fifth on the team with 27 RBI, and he has a .931 OPS with runners in scoring position.
Miller is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Even though a right-hander (Kyle Gibson) is on the mound for the Phillies, the lefty-hitting Miller will find himself on the bench Tuesday and may have to settle for infrequent starts moving forward. Mitch Garver (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19-related injured list Tuesday, and he'll likely occupy the designated-hitter spot in most games moving forward to close off a potential avenue to playing time for Miller. Though Miller still has the ability to pick up at-bats at either corner-infield or corner-outfield spot, the quartet of Nathaniel Lowe, Josh H. Smith, Adolis Garcia and Kole Calhoun are likely to fill out those four positions against right-handed pitching more often than not.
Miller is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers. The 32-year-old is hitless over his past three contests and will take a seat Friday with left-hander Tarik Skubal pitching for Detroit. Charlie Culberson will man left field in Miller's place.
Miller is not in Sunday's lineup against the White Sox. Even with a righty (Michael Kopech) on the hill, Miller will head to the bench after being activated from the injured list Friday and notching two hits Saturday. Zach Reks will start in left field and hit eighth.
Miller started in left field and went 0-for-4 in Friday's 8-3 loss to the White Sox. Miller was activated off the injured list Friday and resumed his role as a starter against right-handers. The White Sox are throwing righties Saturday and Sunday, so Miller could slot in at left field or third base.
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