Shoulder better, Miller to face Nats on Saturday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shelby Miller will be back in action very soon.

The Cardinals' No. 2 prospect according to, recently sidelined with soreness in the area of his right shoulder, faced hitters on Monday with no ill effects. As a result, he's scheduled to make his 2013 Grapefruit League game debut on Saturday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

"He's all good to go," manager Mike Matheny said.

Miller is one turn behind the other starters competing for a job in the Cardinals' rotation, but Matheny said Miller has definitely not lost enough ground to be at a disadvantage in the competition. Miller will likely throw two innings or approximately 40 pitches.

"He's got plenty of time," Matheny said. "He didn't lose anything."

Miller is competing with Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal for a spot in the starting five, behind Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook and Jaime Garcia. Lance Lynn is all but certain to have a fourth spot, leaving the other three youngsters for the final opening.