In a season of surprises for the Texas Rangers, one story that fell flat was the comeback of Shelby Miller.
Miller was one of multiple former Tommy John patients the Rangers brought in this offseason in a failed attempt to restock their starting rotation. The Rangers designated Miller for assignment on July 1.
Now, it appears Miller will receive another chance elsewhere in the majors.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Miller signed a minor-league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
Miller, 28, was 1-3 in 19 games for the Rangers, including eight starts, this season. He was moved to the bullpen in mid-May, but allowed opponents a .302 batting average and .367 on-base percentage in 13 1/3 innings. He was hampered as a reliever by the fact that he was not capable of pitching on back-to-back days.
Miller becomes the second Rangers pitcher to sign with the Brewers this month. Drew Smyly, another failed Tommy John reclamation project this season, agreed to a minor-league deal with Milwaukee on July 1.
Both will now have the opportunity to join former Rangers Alex Claudio and Jeremy Jeffress on the Brewers’ pitching staff.