The St. Louis Cardinals employ a pretty serious initiation process for new bullpen pitchers.
The Cards moved right-hander Shelby Miller to the ‘pen over the weekend indefinitely to give him some extra rest as they move forward with a four-man rotation, according to a report from MLB.com. But the transition didn’t come without Miller first facing a tough test from his teammates.
Before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the 23-year-old was welcomed into the bullpen via trust fall. Miller stood atop a concrete wall along the right field bleachers at Busch Stadium and fell back into the outstretched arms of his fellow pitchers, who thankfully caught him easily.
Miller’s officially one with the bullpen for now, but it remains to be seen what type of team-building exercise he’ll have to endure in order for him to leave the group when St. Louis calls upon him later on down the road to resume his role as a starter. Might we suggest a round of paintball?
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