(7/21/2009) The Los Angeles Dodgers transferred LHP Eric Milton from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on Monday.
Milton out for year after surgery
(7/15/2009) The L.A. Daily News reports that Dodgers SP Eric Milton underwent micro diskectomy on his low back this morning. He will be out at least three months, which basically rules him out for the season.
Dodgers place Milton on 15-day DL
(7/5/2009) The Dodgers placed No. 5 starter Eric Milton (back) on the 15-day DL and recalled infielder Blake DeWitt.
Milton won't be needed until July 11
(6/30/2009) The L.A. Times reports that Dodgers SP Eric Milton, who struggled on Saturday, remains the fifth starter. His next start will come on July 11. Milton will be available in relief, if needed.
Milton loses after getting activated
(6/28/2009) Dodgers SP Eric Milton (2-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings on Saturday in a 5-1 loss to the Mariners, striking out seven and walking none. He was activated off of the 15-day DL for the start.
Milton activated off DL for start
(6/27/2009) After Friday's game, the Dodgers optioned RHP Cory Wade to Triple-A Albuquerque so that LHP Eric Milton could be activated on Saturday to start against Seattle's Felix Hernandez.
Milton will return Saturday
(6/24/2009) From The Sports Xchange: LHP Eric Milton will make his return from the DL on Saturday against Seattle, not Friday. Dodgers manager Joe Torre said LHP Clayton Kershaw would start Friday's game on his normal rest. Milton has been sidelined since June 7 with a strained back.
Milton to start in Week 12
(6/21/2009) MLB.com reports that manager Joe Torre said Eric Milton would be put back in the Dodgers rotation on either Friday or Saturday against the Mariners. Milton was on standby to be activated on Sunday if the Dodgers needed to use reliever James McDonald on Saturday.
Milton to make Class A rehab start
(6/21/2009) Dodgers SP Eric Milton (back) will make a rehab start for Class A San Bernardino on Sunday.
Milton not ready for weekend return
(12:16 pm ET) RHP Jeff Weaver will start Saturday against younger brother Jered when the Dodgers face the Angels in Anaheim. It will be the 21st time in major league history that siblings will start against each other and the first time since Sept. 6, 2002, when the Cardinals' Andy Benes handed the Cubs and younger brother Alan an 11-2 defeat at St. Louis. Eric Stults (finger) and Eric Milton (back) won't be ready to return from the DL for that start.
Dodgers place Milton on 15-day DL
(6/7/2009) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed LHP Eric Milton on the 15-day DL with a strained back Sunday.
Milton doesn't last through five
(6/6/2009) Dodgers SP Eric Milton, making his fourth start of the season, got knocked around through 4 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Phillies. He allowed three runs -- one earned -- on eight hits, issuing one walk and recording three strikeouts.
E. Milton wins second in a row
(5/31/2009)Eric Milton pitched into the sixth inning for his second straight win, and the Dodgers backed him with a five-run first while beating the Cubs 8-2 on Sunday night to salvage a four-game split. Milton (2-0) took a shutout into the sixth and left with one out after the Cubs scored twice. He allowed six hits while earning back-to-back victories after going nearly three years without one. Milton struck out four in the game and walked only one as his ERA went up slightly to 3.14.
No decision on Stults or Milton
(5/29/2009) MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have not decided whether SP Eric Stults or SP Eric Milton will be dropped from the rotation when SP Hiroki Kuroda returns from an oblique injury on Monday.
Milton earns first win since 2006
(5/27/2009) Dodgers SP Eric Milton won his first decision of the season on Tuesday night over the Colorado Rockies and their ace Aaron Cook. Milton gave up just one run on seven hits over five strong innings and needed only 82 pitches to do so. He walked none and had three K's. His ERA is 3.00 on the year after two starts.
Milton could be skipped in rotation
(5/17/2009) With Thursday's off day, Dodgers SP Eric Milton could be skipped in the rotation for Fantasy Week 7 (May 18-24). Milton was scheduled to pitch Friday.
Milton goes four in 2009 debut
(5/16/2009) Dodgers SP Eric Milton, making his first major-league start in two years, threw 84 pitches in four innings and left with the score 2-2 on Friday, taking a no decision in a 6-3 loss to the Marlins. Milton is mounting a comeback from Tommy John surgery in June 2007. Milton retired the first two batters in the third, then misplaced his control. A walk, a hit batsman and two more walks forced in a run.
Milton called up to join rotation
(5/14/2009)Eric Milton is heading back to the big leagues after a nearly two-year absence. The Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Albuquerque after their 5-3, 10-inning win over the Phillies on Thursday. The Dodgers optioned right-hander James McDonald to their Pacific Coast League club.
Milton pitching way back to majors?
(4/27/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: Rookie right-hander James McDonald and second-year lefty Clayton Kershaw suffered almost identical meltdowns in this weekend's series at Colorado. The two combined to give up 14 runs over 9 1/3 innings, and Kershaw has now allowed a total of 15 runs over nine innings in his past two starts. Those ugly numbers combined with a recent surge by veteran lefty Eric Milton at Triple-A Albuquerque could force changes in the Dodgers' starting rotation this week. Meanwhile, McDonald's next scheduled start is Thursday against San Diego, with Kershaw set for Friday against the Padres. It is difficult to imagine, though, if Milton were to be called up this week, he would be asked to pitch Thursday on short rest. He threw 85 pitches Sunday, and again, he has a history of elbow problems.
(3/26/2009) Dodgers SP Eric Milton, still in the competition to serve as the team's fifth starter, allowed six runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings Thursday against the Rockies. He issued one walk and didn't record a strikeout. He now has a 7.27 ERA.
Milton roughed up in first inning
(3/16/2009)Eric Milton and Claudio Vargas, both candidates for the fifth spot in the Dodgers rotation, were roughed up in their first innings of work against the Rockies on Sunday. Milton, competing with Jason Schmidt, Shawn Estes and Vargas for the final starting job, gave up six consecutive hits during a 32-pitch first inning, including a solo home run by Ryan Spilborghs. He allowed only those six hits and four runs in three innings, walking two and striking out one. His spring ERA is 5.40.
Five in mix for Dodgers No. 5 SP
(3/3/2009) The Dodgers have a mess of pitchers competing for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring. Two prime candidates, Eric Milton and Claudio Vargas, each tossed a pair of scoreless innings in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox. Just as fellow candidates Shawn Estes, Jason Schmidt and Jeff Weaver, they are big-league starters who have been sidetracked by either injuries or on-mound struggles. "Right now, Milton's been good, Vargas has been good, and they're definitely in the hunt for this thing," manager Joe Torre said. "I don't have a guy we're looking at most right now. We're taking all the information and we're digesting it. We have time to see these guys pitch and stretch them out some, and they have time to show where they are."
(3/2/2009) Dodgers SP Eric Milton, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, pitched two scoreless innings Sunday against the White Sox, allowing one hit and one walk and recording two strikeouts. He has now pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings this spring.
(2/11/2009) Left-hander Eric Milton was close to an agreement Tuesday to return to the Dodgers. The 33-year-old was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts for the Reds in 2007, then had elbow ligament replacement surgery.
Milton almost ready for rehab stint
(7/29/2008) Yankees left-hander Eric Milton took another step in his comeback from elbow surgery by throwing 35 pitches Tuesday in his first simulated game. Milton, who had surgery in June 2007, went 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts with Cincinnati last season. The 32-year-old Milton could be ready to pitch in a minor league game in the next few weeks. The Yankees signed Milton to a minor league contract July 11, returning the pitcher to the organization that originally picked him 20th overall in the 1996 draft. He was traded to Minnesota two years later in the deal that sent Chuck Knoblauch to the Yankees.
Milton throws first bullpen session
(7/15/2008)Eric Milton, signed to a minor league contract by the Yankees, threw 25 pitches in his first bullpen session. The left-hander had elbow ligament replacement surgery in June 2007. "This is kind of like taking a flyer," Cashman said. "That could be something that becomes interesting or it could be a non-story."
Milton to throw in bullpen Tuesday
(7/14/2008) Yankees SP Eric Milton, recently signed to a minor league contract, is scheduled for his first bullpen session Tuesday. He had elbow ligament replacement surgery in June 2007.
Milton back with the Yankees
(7/11/2008) Left-hander Eric Milton, taken in the first round of the 1996 amateur draft by the Yankees and traded two years later to Minnesota in Chuck Knoblauch deal, is set to rejoin the organization. Milton, who had elbow surgery last June, started working out Friday at the Yankees' minor league complex.
(11/1/2007) The Reds activated LHP Eric Milton from the 60-day DL and he filed for free agency.
Reds' Milton moved to 60-day DL
(7/19/2007) The Reds placed RHP Aaron Harang on the bereavement list and purchased the contract of RHP Ricky Stone from Triple-A Louisville. Also, they transfered LHP Eric Milton to the 60-day DL. The pitcher who signed a three-year, $25.5 million free agent contract three years ago underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery and is done for the season. It isn't likely the team will offer him another contract.
Milton likely done in Cincy
(6/16/2007)The Sports Xchange reports that the Eric Milton Era in Cincinnati presumably is over. The pitcher who signed a three-year, $25.5 million free agent contract three years ago underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery Friday and is done for the season. It isn't likely the team will offer him another contract, and his rotation place already has been taken by 21-year-old rookie Homer Bailey, the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2004.
SP Milton out for the season
(6/12/2007) Reds pitcher Eric Milton is scheduled to have reconstructive elbow surgery Friday, almost certainly ending his season. It's possible the left-hander will never throw another pitch for the Reds. He can become a free agent when his lucrative three-year contract expires this fall. Team spokesman Rob Butcher said Monday he didn't know when doctors determined that Milton had a damaged ligament in his elbow and would require Tommy John surgery.
Bailey to arrive in Week 10?!
(6/3/2007) The Reds are hinting Homer Bailey will arrive to start Thursday or Saturday of next week. No. 5 starter Bobby Livingston pitched well his last outing, but he cannot be recalled the next time the No. 5 spot is up Saturday -- without someone going on the DL. "So start checking your board to see who's rested next Saturday," Narron coyly told MLB.com. Eric Milton (elbow) is not close to coming off the DL, so there are three leading candidates. "(Victor) Santos, (Phil) Dumatrait and Homer Bailey," Narron told the official site. Santos is in long relief for the Reds, while Dumatrait has struggled recently in Triple-A.
Milton throws on the side
(6/1/2007) Left-hander Eric Milton, on the disabled list since May 9 with a sore elbow, threw 30 pitches on the side Wednesday, "and felt real good," Red manager Jerry Narron said.
Milton not close to returning
(5/24/2007) LHP Eric Milton is eligible to come off the DL on Thursday, but manager Jerry Narron indicated he's not close to returning.
Milton's elbow leaves Reds scrambling
(5/10/2007) Reds left-hander Eric Milton, a starting pitcher who hasn't won in his last 12 starts, is on the disabled list. The official diagnosis: strained left elbow. For the short run, the Reds have summoned Rule 5 right-hander Jared Burton from a rehabilitation assignment, and the team will go with eight relief pitchers, general manager Wayne Krivsky said. The Reds don't need a starter until Sunday at Dodger Stadium, and Krivsky said the selection could come within (Kirk Saarloos would be the logical choice) or it could come from Triple-A Louisville. Krivsky also mentioned that consideration would be made to whose turn it is to pitch. Left-hander Bobby Livingston (0-3, 3.22) pitched Tuesday for Louisville, and his turn falls on Sunday. The other candidate is left-hander Phil Dumatrait (4-1 2.34), who is scheduled to pitch Thursday for Louisville and could be held back.
SP Milton remains winless
(5/9/2007) Cincinnati starter Eric Milton lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs in Tuesday start against the Astros. He remained winless in his past 13 starts dating back to August 2006.
Milton (0-4) tries for first win
(5/8/2007) Reds LHP Eric Milton (0-4, 4.71) tries for his first victory Tuesday when he faces the Astros for the second time in a week. He didn't lose that start, but the team did and is 0-4 in his five starts this season, but Milton is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA for his nine career starts against Houston.
SP Milton actually doesn't lose
(5/4/2007) Reds starter Eric Milton gave up four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in five innings in Thursday's start at Houston. Milton, who has a 4.85 ERA, avoided becoming the first Reds pitcher to lose his first five starts since Joey Jay in 1963.
Milton pitching for rotation gig
(5/3/2007) Reds LHP Eric Milton (0-4, 4.71) tries for his first win of the season Thursday, with his rotation job definitely in jeopardy, although he owns a 3-1 career record against the Astros with a 3.50 ERA.
Milton records fourth loss
(4/27/2007) Reds SP Eric Milton dropped to 0-4 on the season after taking the loss Friday against the Pirates. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs and two walks. He also had two strikeouts. Milton is 1-6 in his career against Pittsburgh with two losses this season, and is 16-27 since signing a $25 million, three-year deal with the Reds.
Milton pitching to Pirates? Yarrgh!
(4/27/2007) Reds LHP Eric Milton faces the Pirates on Friday. The Pirates have roughed him up over his career. He is 1-5 with a 7.11 ERA over 11 starts against the Pirates, who already have beaten him this year in Cincinnati (four runs, 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings).
Milton still winless in 2007
(4/21/2007) Reds SP Eric Milton went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned), six hits and one homer during Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Phillies. Milton had one strikeout in the game but remains winless in 2007 after dropping to 0-3.
Milton gets skipped this weekend
(4/11/2007) LHP Eric Milton won't take his scheduled start Friday in Chicago, but there is nothing wrong with him. Manager Jerry Narron decided to skip him and push him back three days "because the Cubs have a predominantly right-handed lineup, plus Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and Kyle Lohse pitched well against them last week in Cincinnati, so that's how we'll go."
SP Milton falls to the Bucs
(4/9/2007) Eric Milton, making his first start after opening the season on the 15-day disabled list with lower back spasms, allowed 10 hits and four runs with one walk and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday against the Pirates. "There were a few positives, but the end result wasn't what we wanted," Milton said. "Everything was fine. I haven't pitched in a while, but that had no bearing on the way things worked out."
(4/8/2007) The Reds activated LHP Eric Milton from the 15-day DL to make his first start of the season Sunday against Pittsburgh. Milton was placed on the DL on March 23 with lower back spasms. Milton allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He did strike out six, though.
Milton will come off DL soon
(4/6/2007) According to MLB.com, Reds manager Jerry Narron said injured SP Eric Milton (back) will be taken off the DL in time to start Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Milton expected to start Sunday
(4/4/2007) Reds LHP Eric Milton threw to hitters before Wednesday's game. Milton, on the disabled list because of a sore back, is expected to be activated and start Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Milton might pitch on Sunday
(4/3/2007) According to MLB.com, injured Reds SP Eric Milton (back) is set to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. Milton, who is eligible to come off the 15-day DL Saturday, would pitch Sunday against the Pirates if he is ready to go."If he's healthy," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "If not, we'll adjust."
Eric Milton plays long toss
(4/3/2007) Reds LHP Eric Milton played long-toss Monday morning to check his lower back spasms and sometime this week will have a throwing session to see if he can come off the DL and pitch against the Pirates on Sunday, the first time the team needs a fifth starter.
E. Milton placed on 15-day DL
(4/1/2007) The Reds put Eric Milton on the 15-day disabled list because of back spasms, the latest setback for the left-hander who had been projected as the team's No. 3 starter. Milton was one of eight players who went on the disabled list Sunday.
Eric Milton unable to pitch
(3/31/2007) Eric Milton, scheduled to start the Cincinnati Reds' final exhibition game against the Florida Marlins, was scratched Saturday morning because of lower back spasms.
Milton fifth in Reds' rotation?
(3/28/2007) The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds SP Eric Milton may end up being the team's fifth starter -- without the club knowing who their fourth starter is -- because of his poor spring. Milton is 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA, allowing five home runs Monday against Pittsburgh's Class A team. Matt Belisle and Elizardo Ramirez are in competition for the spot ahead of Milton behind Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and Kyle Lohse.
Milton pounded in minors game
(3/26/2007) Cincinnati LHP Eric Milton gave up 11 hits and six runs in six innings during a minor league game on Monday. "I felt fine," Milton told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I threw almost 100 pitches. I was able to get my work in."
Milton in midseason form -- bad
(3/22/2007) Reds starter Eric Milton allowed four earned runs and eight hits in five innings against the Twins Wednesday. "Milton didn't come out with his best command," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "He settled down in later innings."
Milton stinking, but throwing strikes
(3/12/2007) The stats weren't impressive for Reds pitcher Eric Milton on Sunday, but his manager found reason for optimism. Milton allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Cincinnati's 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He struck out three batters and walked one. "What I like about our pitchers is they're throwing strikes. They are not beating themselves," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.
Milton does well vs. Rays
(3/6/2007) Reds SP Eric Milton allowed two hits in three innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-1 on Tuesday to remain the only unbeaten team at spring training. Cincinnati, off to its best spring training start since moving to Sarasota in 1998, has won 12 straight exhibition games dating to last year. The New York Yankees, who also had been undefeated, lost 6-5 to Cleveland and dropped to 5-1. Milton, who allowed two earned runs in two innings during his only previous spring training start, gave up Tampa Bay's only run.
Milton gives up two solo shots
(3/1/2007) Against Pittsburgh Thursday in a spring training game, Eric Milton gave up six hits and a walk in two innings, but only two runs -- both were solo homers. He stranded four runners.
Milton in final year of deal
(2/22/2007) Reds LHP Eric Milton, who is in the final year of a three-year deal, says he is healthy and ready to be a significant part of the 2007 rotation after fully recovering from early-season knee surgery and late-season shoulder surgery in 2006.
Reds' Milton has elbow 'scoped
(9/22/2006) Reds pitcher Eric Milton had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Friday and is expected to recover by spring training. Milton got just one out while giving up six runs on six hits in his past start Sunday. He had received a cortisone shot in the elbow following his previous start.
Milton's surgery is set
(9/21/2006) The Reds said pitcher Eric Milton will have arthroscopic surgery Friday on his left elbow. He is expected to be ready for spring training. Milton went 8-8 with a 5.19 ERA in 26 starts for the Reds this season.
Milton likely done for season
(9/18/2006) Reds LHP Eric Milton probably will miss the rest of the season with shoulder soreness. He left his last start early and had a cortisone shot. He gave up six runs on six hits and got just one out in the first inning before getting pulled in the Reds' 11-3 loss Sunday. "I wanted to go out and get it done, but physically I was unable to," he said. "I could not finish. I was very tentative." Chris Michalak will likely take Milton's next turn in the rotation, while Jason Johnson is also an option.
Milton horrible and injured
(9/17/2006) Eric Milton gave up six runs on six hits and threw just 22 pitches on Sunday at the Chicago Cubs. He left his last start with shoulder soreness and got a cortisone shot in his left elbow after his last start on Sept. 12. Milton said he's probably done for the year. "Obviously, I wasn't right," Milton said. "I probably shouldn't have been out there today."
Milton throws, to start Sunday
(9/15/2006) LHP Eric Milton threw on the side Friday and is expected to start Sunday. He left Tuesday's game against San Diego with a stiff elbow and had a cortisone shot Wednesday.
Milton should start Sunday
(9/13/2006) Eric Milton, who left Tuesday night's game after five innings with stiffness in his left elbow, got a cortisone shot Wednesday. He is expected to take his regular turn Sunday.
Milton leaves Tuesday's start
(9/12/2006) Eric Milton left Tuesday's game against the Padres after five innings due to a stiff left elbow. The bullpen failed to hold a 3-1 lead, the third time in Milton's past five starts that it cost him a victory.
E. Milton goes six innings
(9/3/2006) Eric Milton went six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits over six innings in a no-decision on Sunday at San Diego. He struck out two and walked one.
Eric Milton goes five strong
(8/30/2006) Milton allowed four runs -- two earned -- and six hits in five innings on Tuesday at L.A. Dodgers, but he did not figure into the decision which went well into the night in Southern California.
Milton could get second start
(8/27/2006) No. 5 starter Chris Michalak is slated for double starts, but he could be moved off that second one because of the day off Thursday. Eric Milton could go Tuesday-Sunday on regular rest.
No-decision for Eric Milton
(8/25/2006) Eric Milton allowed three runs on 10 hits with three Ks over 6 2/3 innings on Thursday in a no-decision at San Francisco.
(8/19/2006) Eric Milton allowed nine hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings while walking one and striking out three in a no-decision on Saturday against the Pirates.
Eric Milton allows three runs
(8/14/2006) Eric Milton allowed three runs on five hits with five Ks and three walks over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision on Sunday at Philadelphia.
Milton keeps Cards in check
(8/9/2006) Left-hander Eric Milton kept the Cardinals in check with his third consecutive solid start on Tuesday in a won over the Cardinals. Milton gave up two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in six innings, turning a 4-2 lead over to a bullpen shored up by four recent trades.
Milton tough-luck loser Thursday
(8/4/2006) Eric Milton (7-7) lost for the third time in four starts Thursday. He allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Eric Milton gets the win
(7/29/2006) Milton allowed three earned runs and five hits in seven strong innings on Friday night at Milwaukee as he posted a quality start and improve to 7-6. He also walked two and struck out three. He allowed the three runs in the first inning before settling down. "It was more important for me to throw up six zeros," Milton said. "That was the big key."
Eric Milton takes loss
(7/23/2006) Eric Milton labored through the first two innings, giving up a pair of runs, four hits, two walks and hitting a batter with a pitch in a loss on Sunday against the Brewers. He finished with a line of four runs on five hits with six Ks and four walks over 6 2/3 innings.
Milton gets bombed Tuesday
(7/19/2006) Reds manager Jerry Narron decided to leave Eric Milton in with the bases loaded and two outs against the Mets Tuesday in the seventh to face Carlos Beltran, even though he had thrown 103 pitches at that point. Beltran missed badly on a changeup, then hit his 27th homer into the upper deck in left field. "I went with my heart, and I got burned a little bit," Narron said. "What can you do? I have a lot of guys who've shown a lot of heart, and I wanted to repay it a little bit."
Eric Milton picks up win
(7/13/2006) Eric Milton earned win No. 6 by allowing three runs on five hits over six innings on Thursday against the Rockies.
Eric Milton to face Colorado
(7/13/2006) Eric Milton (5-4, 4.52 ERA), who takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, has not won at Great American Ball Park since his first start of the season April 7. He's 1-3 with a 5.56 ERA in seven home starts and has a 6.14 ERA in his last six outings at home. The Reds are winless in those games.
E. Milton to pitch on Thurs.
(7/10/2006) Reds LHP Eric Milton will face the Rockies on Thursday after the All-Star break as the club has aligned its rotation so each pitcher is coming off six days of rest -- Milton, RHP Aaron Harang on Friday, RHP Bronson Arroyo on Saturday and RHP Elizardo Ramirez on Sunday after he pitches a game Monday at Class A Dayton to keep him on schedule. There is an off day Monday, so RHP Joe Mays will be skipped.
Reds to start Milton Friday
(7/8/2006) Manager Jerry Narron said his planned rotation following the All-Star break in a series against Colorado will be RHP Aaron Harang (Thursday), LHP Eric Milton (Friday), RHP Bronson Arroyo (Saturday) and RHP Elizardo Ramirez (Sunday), who will be recalled from Class A Dayton for the start.
Eric Milton snags fifth win
(7/7/2006) Eric Milton (5-4) gave up six hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings in a victory on Friday at Atlanta. Milton retired the first 10 batters before Edgar Renteria's one-out double to left in the fourth.
E. Milton to face the Braves
(7/7/2006) Reds LHP Eric Milton (4-4, 5.09), winless in his last four starts, makes his 10th start of the season Friday in Atlanta. Milton is 0-4 with a 6.98 ERA in his last four starts against the Braves.
Milton has decent performance
(7/2/2006) Eric Milton allowed three earned runs, six hits and two walks in Sunday's game against the Indians. He picked up the quality start, but he did not figure into the decision which was hashed out in the bullpen.
Milton crowned by the Royals
(6/28/2006) Eric Milton allowed six earned runs, seven hits and two walks in just 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday against Kansas City, but he did not figure into the decision despite allowing three home runs. "I'm concentrating so much on not giving up home runs that I end up making mistakes," Milton said. "I'm trying to be too perfect. Two of those homers came on sliders I was trying to bounce or keep down in the zone. It seems like the more I try to keep it down, the more I'm hanging it."
Milton a royal pain to KC
(6/26/2006) Reds LHP Eric Milton faces the Royals on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game interleague series. He is 10-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last 11 starts against Kansas City, and 13-2 with a 3.67 ERA for his career.
Eric Milton rocked in Queens
(6/22/2006) Eric Milton allowed six earned runs on nine hits in only 4 1/3 innings on Thursday at the Mets.
E. Milton takes no-decision
(6/17/2006) Reds starter Eric Milton allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings in a no-decision on Saturday against the White Sox. The left-hander has been much better since returning May 20 from surgery to clean out his left knee, going 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA in six starts.
Eric Milton allows six hits
(6/11/2006) Eric Milton (4-3) allowed six hits and four runs in seven innings Sunday vs. the Cubs for his first loss after winning consecutive starts against the Cubs and St. Louis. He walked one and struck out five.
Eric Milton lowers ERA to 4.14
(6/7/2006) Eric Milton allowed five hits with three strikeouts and no walks to win his second straight start on Tuesday at St. Louis. He's allowed three runs in 22 2/3 innings in his last three outings, lowering his ERA to 4.14.
Milton gets win at Chicago
(6/1/2006) Reds SP Eric Milton pitched 7 2/3 innings Wednesday at Chicago, allowing six hits, a pair of runs (on a Jacque Jones homer) and struck out one. It's his third win on the year.
Milton outdueled by Webb
(5/26/2006) Cincinnati left-hander Eric Milton, in his second start Friday since coming off the disabled list on May 20, allowed three hits and one run with a season-high nine strikeouts in eight innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Reds were shut out for the second time in the last five games, however, and Milton fell to 2-2 on the season.
Eric Milton starts for Reds
(5/20/2006) Eric Milton started for the Reds on Saturday in Detroit, allowing five runs and 10 hits in five innings, nearly three weeks after he had surgery to clean out torn cartilage in his left knee.
Eric Milton activated from DL
(5/20/2006) Reds pitcher Eric Milton was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, nearly three weeks after he had surgery to clean out torn cartilage in his left knee. To make room on the roster, Cincinnati designated left-hander Dave Williams for assignment.
Milton to face Tigers Saturday
(5/17/2006) Left-hander Eric Milton is returning off the disabled list to the rotation Saturday in Detroit, and manager Jerry Narron is juggling the rotation. Lefty Dave Williams will pitch Thursday against the Pirates, and lefty Brandon Claussen faces the Tigers on Friday. Right-hander Elizardo Ramirez goes to the bullpen for the next three days until Milton is activated Saturday, then he most likely returns to Triple-A Louisville. "We're going back to our original rotation," Narron said. "I'm sure Milton would have liked to have more than two innings Monday (in the rained-out exhibition game in Cooperstown, N.Y.), but he says he is ready to pitch. We're getting him out there and trying to get him going as quickly as we can."
(5/15/2006) LHP Eric Milton will throw 75 to 80 pitches Monday in the Hall of Fame exhibition game against Pittsburgh in Cooperstown, N.Y. If all goes well with his surgically repaired left knee, he could move into the rotation this weekend in Detroit.
Milton expected to go in Cooperstown
(5/14/2006) Eric Milton is expected to start Monday against Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame game in Cooperstown. Manager Jerry Narron plans to let his regulars get one at-bat, then pull most of them from the game.
Milton expected to go in Cooperstown
(5/14/2006) Reds LHP Eric Milton, on the DL following knee surgery, is expected to start the Hall of Fame game Monday in Cooperstown, N.Y., against Pittsburgh.
Eric Milton prepares for Monday
(5/11/2006) Eric Milton, who hasn't pitched since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on April 24, prepared for his start Monday against Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame exhibition game by throwing 85 pitches during a simulated game before batting practice Wednesday. "Today, it feels normal," said Milton, reporting no aftereffects after doing fielding drills before Tuesday's game. "We'll see tomorrow. Everything's good. There's nothing holding me back."
Milton to pitch in HOF game?
(5/10/2006) LHP Eric Milton, who had left knee surgery on April 24, took fielding practice Tuesday. He is scheduled to pitch to some hitters in a simulated game situation Wednesday and could start the Hall of Fame exhibition game Monday in Cooperstown, N.Y., against the Pirates.
Milton throws off of a mound
(5/3/2006) Eric Milton (knee surgery) was able to throw from a mound on Monday. He is working his way back from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
Eric Milton throws long toss
(5/1/2006) Eric Milton, who is on the disabled list retroactive to April 19 after having left knee surgery, threw long-toss in the outfield at Great American Ball Park on Sunday according to MLB.com. No timetable has been set for his return.
Milton has left knee surgery
(4/25/2006) LHP Eric Milton has his left knee cleaned out surgically Monday in Cincinnati, and he is expected to miss three to four weeks. RHP Elizardo Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Milton's place, and he got the win Monday against the Nationals. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
Reds put Milton on 15-day DL
(4/24/2006) The Reds placed LHP Eric Milton on the 15-day DL and called up RHP Elizardo Ramirez from Triple-A Louisville to start Monday night's game against Washington. Milton was scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning.
Milton scheduled for surgery
(4/24/2006) Eric Milton is scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19. RHP Elizardo Ramirez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Monday night's game against Washington.
Milton won't make start Sunday
(4/22/2006) Eric Milton (left knee discomfort), who had been scheduled to start Sunday for the Reds, was sent back to Cincinnati before Saturday's game to see team physicians. Aaron Harang, originally slated to pitch Monday against Washington, will instead pitch Sunday.
Milton rocked by Marlins
(4/19/2006) Milton gave up nine runs, eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday at Cincinnati. Milton (2-1) gave up 40 homers last season, the most in the majors, and hoped that an offseason conditioning program to strengthen his legs would help him keep the ball down. He gave up two homers while winning his first two starts, an encouraging sign. Then, he went back to his old ways on Tuesday -- the Marlins hit three homers off Milton.
E. Milton trying for 3-0
(4/18/2006) LHP Eric Milton, 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA after going 8-15 last season with a 6.65 ERA last seasons, makes his third start of the season Tuesday at home against the Marlins, a team against whom he is 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA in five career starts.
Reds' Milton keeps ball in yard
(4/13/2006) Eric Milton (2-0) allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 6 2/3 innings in his second solid outing of the season. Guys came in before the game and said the wind is blowing out, but you can't really think about it," Milton said. "There were some deep fly balls, but fortunately, only one got out. I'll take that."
Milton wins season debut
(4/8/2006) Eric Milton gave up six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out three in seven innings Friday vs. Pittsburgh en route to his first win of the season.
Eric Milton strikes out nine
(4/1/2006) Eric Milton struck out nine in five innings, dominating the Cleveland Indians in the Cincinnati Reds' 7-5 win Saturday. "He's thrown well all spring for us," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "We're real pleased with him."
Eric Milton hot in second start
(3/23/2006) LHP Eric Milton made his second start of the spring Wednesday night in Fort Myers, Fla., against the Twins. He isn't far behind in terms of arm strength because he was able to throw regularly while recovering from a strained right calf, held back only because he risked re-injury if he ran to cover first base, field bunts or back up bases. Milton went five innings, allowing three hits and an earned run while striking out six.
SP Milton to pitch vs. Twins
(3/20/2006) LHP Eric Milton (strained right calf) passed a simulated game test Saturday and is expected to make only his second start of the spring in an exhibition game Wednesday when the Reds play the Twins in Fort Myers, Fla.
Milton to throw simulated game
(3/15/2006) A day after saying Eric Milton probably would pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, Reds manager Jerry Narron said the lefty will throw a simulated game instead. The Reds want to be sure all the pain is gone from Milton's strained right calf before he gets back in a live game situation in which he will have to field his position. So instead of risking further aggravation in Dunedin, which is exactly what Milton did during his previous start there last Tuesday, the Reds will let him work in a controlled environment.
Milton throws simulated game
(3/13/2006) SP Eric Milton pitched a simulated game Sunday to test his sore right calf and reported no problems, but he'll probably pitch another simulated game to make certain there is no soreness before making his second exhibition start.
Eric Milton throws on the side
(3/10/2006) Eric Milton (right calf strain) threw on the side Thursday morning. He is expected to throw a simulated game Sunday so he doesn't have to run to field bunts or back up bases, which is how he twice injured the calf.
Eric Milton to throw bullpen session
(3/9/2006) According to MLB.com, starting pitcher Eric Milton, who aggravated his right calf strain while pitching in his first game Tuesday, was examined again before the morning workout on Wednesday. Trainer Mark Mann said Milton would throw in a bullpen session Thursday. The left-hander is scheduled to pitch Sunday vs. the Phillies, but it has yet to be been determined if he would make that start.
E. Milton might miss start
(3/8/2006) Reds LHP Eric Milton, who re-injured his calf backing up a play at home Tuesday, played catch on Wednesday and will throw again Thursday. He is backing off his running regiment. The Reds will decide after Milton throws Thursday whether he'll have to miss another start.
Milton doesn't pitch full inning
(3/8/2006) Left-hander Eric Milton missed his first start of the spring with a strained right calf and made his spring debut Tuesday in Dunedin against the Blue Jays, and to say it wasn't pretty is an understatement. He survived only two-thirds of an inning, using up his 33-pitch limit before the first inning ended. His inning went double, single, home run, groundout, walk, double and popup -- four runs, four hits, one walk. And to make the day even more frustrating, he re-injured the calf "because I had to back up too many bases. If it were up to me, I'd be back out there pitching tomorrow because today was pretty much an embarrassment for me. But I have to listen to the doctors and the trainers."
Eric Milton allows four runs
(3/7/2006) Reds starter Eric Milton, scratched last Friday and Sunday because of a strained right calf, got only two outs. He allowed four runs and four hits on 33 pitches Tuesday, 20 for strikes. "When it grabbed me the first time was during the pregame drills," Milton said, referring to his calf. "Then I did it again backing up the overthrow. It's hard for me to use the calf as an excuse for the way I was pitching." The left-hander was to be examined Wednesday, manager Jerry Narron said.
(3/6/2006) Left-hander Eric Milton hopes to pitch in a game Tuesday after missing his first two spring training exhibition starts with a strained left calf he suffered while running backward during stretching drills. Milton, trying to show he is better than last season's 15-loss season, threw for eight minutes over the weekend and still feels tightness in his leg. "My arm is fine, I have no problem throwing," he said. "But I can still feel a little something in my calf and as long as that's there, they won't let me pitch in a game. That might cause it to linger."
Milton misses scheduled start again
(3/5/2006) Cincinnati left-hander Eric Milton missed his second scheduled start on Sunday with a strained right calf. He threw on the side Saturday, but the Reds want him to take his time before returning to the mound.
Milton scratched with calf injury
(3/3/2006) Eric Milton was scheduled to start for the Reds but was scratched as a precaution because of a sore right calf.
Eric Milton healthier, cleaner
(2/28/2006) CBS SportsLine.com's Scott Miller reports that the Reds are confident SP Eric Milton will bounce back this season. "I know physically, he probably wouldn't tell you this, but his knee was bothering him last year," new GM Wayne Krivsky says. "He's added 10 to 15 pounds in his lower half this year, and his legs are a lot stronger." The Reds also think that his delivery is a lot cleaner.
Milton solid despite another HRA
(8/28/2005) Eric Milton allowed his 36th homer of the season, tying the Reds record set by Tom Browning in 1988. Milton allowed six hits in eight innings, striking out seven and walking one. "Eric Milton just did a great job for us, gave us a chance to win the ballgame," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He didn't deserve to lose that game." He pitched out of trouble in the sixth after consecutive one-out singles by Ryan Doumit and Ty Wigginton put runners at first and third. Milton got Michael Restovich to fly to shallow right and Jack Wilson to pop out to first base. "I felt good, and we persevered," Milton said.
Milton's rotation spot is safe
(8/7/2005) Manager Jerry Narron says Eric Milton's place in the rotation is safe, even though the left-hander is 5-12 with a 6.75 ERA and leads the major leagues with 33 home runs allowed. "I haven't even thought about pulling him out of the rotation," Narron said Saturday, one day after Milton gave up two home runs in a 5-1 loss to Florida. "I think he's pitched much better over the last couple of months."
Milton rarely keeps it in yard
(8/1/2005) Sunday was only the fifth time in 23 starts Eric Milton didn't allow a homer.
Milton knocked around again
(7/21/2005) Eric Milton allowed five earned runs and 11 hits in Thursday's game against the Cubs. Luckily for Milton, a late-inning offensive explosion got him off the hook for another loss.
Eric Milton takes 10th loss
(7/11/2005) Milton allowed two earned runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings on Sunday at Arizona to fall to 4-10.
Milton continually abused by HRs
(6/19/2005) LHP Eric Milton has given up at least one homer in 13 of his 15 starts. Also, he has given up more homers (25) than walks (24) in his 15 starts.
Milton torched on Monday
(6/13/2005) Eric Milton allowed nine earned runs and 11 hits in only 5 2/3 innings to take his eighth loss of the season in Monday's game at Boston.
Eric Milton booed again
(6/9/2005) Left-hander Eric Milton, the key component in the Reds' offseason overhaul of their rotation, was booed off the field after another subpar performance. He gave up eight hits and seven runs in only five innings, including Perez's grand slam, against Tampa Bay Wednesday.
Milton loses seventh game
(6/4/2005) Eric Milton allowed four earned runs on eight hits in only five innings at Colorado Friday.
Milton snaps losing streak
(5/24/2005) Eric Milton allowed six hits and one run in eight innings Monday against the Nationals. He struck out seven and walked a pair in his first win in seven starts.
Eric Milton pounded again
(5/18/2005) Milton allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday at N.Y. Mets to fall to 2-5.
Milton struggling for Reds
(5/13/2005) Eric Milton surrendered eight hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Phillies. He walked three and struck out two in the poor outing.
Eric Milton inconsistent early
(4/29/2005) Milton has not pitched well two games in a row yet this season. He is 2-2 with a high 6.75 ERA at the moment after getting shelled Wednesday against the Cubs.
Milton to start on Sunday
(4/8/2005) Eric Milton will start Sunday's game at Houston on only three days worth of rest.
Milton to start on 3-day's rest
(4/7/2005) LHP Eric Milton, who won his Reds debut Wednesday night, will start again Sunday at Houston, getting only three days between starts. In the other three times he has gone on short rest, Milton was 0-2 with a 3.10 ERA.
Milton's Cincy debut successful
(4/7/2005) Eric Milton allowed three earned runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday against the Mets to win his debut with the Reds. He also struck out two batters.
Milton goes five strong for Reds
(3/14/2005) The Reds are looking to free-agent acquisition Eric Milton to lead an improved rotation this year. He pleased manager Dave Miley on Monday by working five strong innings. The Reds scored three runs in the first and Milton made it stand up. He walked Dmitri Young and allowed a run-scoring double to Byron Gettis, but little else. Young also singled in the fourth, but Milton retired 11 of his last 12 batters. He allowed one earned run, two hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. "Milton threw great," Miley said. "He used all his pitches and pitched inside." He was the first Cincinnati starter to complete five innings this spring. "I got a little more work in than expected," Milton said. "I was only going to throw 65 pitches but I was pretty efficient. I got through five innings with less than 60."
Milton struggles in Reds debut
(3/7/2005) Eric Milton's first start for the Cincinnati Reds was shaky. He allowed three runs in two innings Saturday night. Milton, who signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract with the Reds in December, gave up a two-run home to Ramon Vazquez and an RBI double to Trot Nixon in the first. He worked a scoreless second inning. "I was trying to establish the fastball but they came out swinging," Milton said. "Once we changed our game plan and started mixing it up, everything worked out."
Milton officially cuts ties with Philly
(12/8/2004) Free-agent pitcher Eric Milton was not offered salary arbitration by the Phillies, meaning his brief careers in Philadelphia is all but over.
Phillies offer contract to Milton
(10/28/2004) The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies made a contract offer to Eric Milton, but the lefthander wants to wait to see what the coaching staff will be before he makes a decision.
Milton wins 13th game
(8/21/2004) Eric Milton allowed two earned runs on five hits in seven innings to win at Milwaukee Friday.
(8/9/2004) Eric Milton tossed seven strong innings, allowing only three hits and one run Monday against Colorado. He left with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen could not hold the advantage. He struck out eight and walked a pair.
Cubs avenge Milton
(7/30/2004) After holding the Cubs hitless for the first eight innings in his last start, Eric Milton was roughed up for eight hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday. He struck out seven in the no decision, and has 19 strikeouts in his last two games.
Milton loses no-no in ninth
(7/25/2004) Eric Milton brought a no-hitter into the ninth inning Sunday against the Cubs. However, he surrendered three hits and two runs in the ninth and ended up with a no decision. He struck out a season-high 12 in the outing.
Milton has a quality start
(7/21/2004) Eric Milton (hand) was able to make his start on Tuesday at Atlanta. He allowed three earned runs and five hits in seven innings, but did not factor into the decision.
Milton picks up 11th win
(7/4/2004) Eric Milton allowed seven hits and two runs (one earned) over six strong innings on Sunday against Baltimore. He helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with a run, as well.
Milton knocked around Monday
(6/15/2004) Eric Milton allowed four earned runs and eight hits in only three innings on Monday against Cincinnati. His outing was cut short by a lengthy rain delay.
Milton is masterful in victory
(6/4/2004) Eric Milton allowed just five hits and one run in his seven innings Friday. He has won five of his last six starts and is second in the NL with seven wins.
Milton takes sixth win
(5/30/2004) Eric Milton gave up only one earned run on three hits in seven innings against Atlanta Sunday.
Milton goes 4-0 with Phillies
(5/15/2004) Eric Milton allowed three earned runs on seven hits in six innings at Colorado Friday.
Milton gets first win with Phillies
(4/17/2004) Eric Milton allowed only two earned runs and five hits in six innings against Montreal Friday for his first win with his new team.
Milton tosses three innings
(3/5/2004) Eric Milton was sharp in his first appearance of the spring. He tossed three hitless innings, striking one out.
Milton ready for season
(1/29/2004) Larry Bowa told the Trenton Times Eric Milton is 100 percent recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him last September. Still, he might be brought along slowly during the spring.
Milton traded to Phillies
(12/3/2003) The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Eric Milton from the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday in exchange for Carlos Silva, Nick Punto and a player to be named later.
Twins might trade Milton
(11/20/2003) The Twins have been entertaining trade offers for Eric Milton, according to the Boston Herald. The Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs have expressed interest in the left-hander.
Milton to start on Friday
(9/26/2003) Eric Milton will start Friday's game in Detroit instead of pitching in relief this weekend to prepare for that role in the postseason, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I've talked to Milton about it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's worried because he's never pitched out of the bullpen before. I'm not going to bring him in the middle of an inning. I would want him to start an inning. We've got people who can finish innings."
Milton to relieve in the postseason
(9/25/2003) Eric Milton will work as a reliever during the playoffs, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In order to get him ready for the role, he might be used in relief in the weekend series in Detroit.
Milton dominates Tigers
(9/20/2003) Eric Milton allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings to beat Detroit on Friday. It was his first win since August 1, 2002. It was only his second start since returning from March knee surgery.
Milton to start on Sunday
(9/11/2003) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Eric Milton (knee) will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday to start at Cleveland. The Twins will make room for Milton by placing Joe Mays (elbow) on the 60-day DL.
Eric Milton activated from DL
(9/7/2003) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins activated Eric Milton from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday. He was assigned to Double-A New Britain. "This is his spring training," minor-league director Jim Rantz said. "We want to make sure he doesn't get too sore or stiff."
Eric Milton might go to bullpen
(9/3/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that when Milton (knee) returns from a rehab stint at Class A Fort Myers, he will probably be used in the bullpen. "It's an option," Gardenhire said. "You want to have people with you who can help you win. We're going to be looking at everybody. We have options here."
Milton to make second rehab start
(9/2/2003) Eric Milton (knee) will make his second rehabilitation start Wednesday for Class A Fort Myers, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Milton begins rehab
(8/7/2003) Eric Milton (knee) threw off the mound for the first time on Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He pitched for 10 minutes in the bullpen, while wearing cleats, even though he was not supposed to. "These guys are a little more cautious than I like," Milton said. "I feel like I'm ready." Milton has taken 20 pounds off of his frame to lessen the load on his knees. He'll begin throwing every day and begin taking fielding practice. His next stop will be in Fort Myers for a rehab assignment.
Milton can begin throwing
(8/6/2003) Eric Milton (knee) has been cleared to begin a throwing program after being examined by his doctor on Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His next step will be to throw from the mound, which he will do soon.
Milton wants to return this soon
(8/2/2003) Eric Milton (knee) told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he will visit a specialist on Tuesday and he hopes to start throwing off a mound on Wednesday. He would like to return to the Twins in September.
Milton feels good off of mound
(7/30/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Eric Milton (knee) is doing well in his rehab. "I have been throwing in the bullpen, going 100 percent, but just on flat ground," Milton said. "I have not been on a mound yet."
(7/7/2003) According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins are bringing Eric Milton (knee surgery) along at a very conservative pace. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Milton would not likely throw from a mound until August.
Milton placed on 60-day DL
(3/13/2003) Eric Milton (left knee) was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. He is expected to miss four to six months after undergoing knee surgery.
Milton out four to six months
(3/8/2003) Eric Milton (knee surgery) is expected to miss four to six months. He might be able to return in late July to help the team down the stretch.
Milton to miss three months?
(3/7/2003) Eric Milton's recovery from knee surgery might take as much as three months, agent Casey Close told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He will miss at least the first month of the season. Milton will be on crutches for two weeks before he can begin rehabilitation.
Milton's surgery successful
(3/6/2003) Eric Milton underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It remains unclear when he will return to the mound, but it's likely he'll miss at least a month of the regular season. "[Dr. Thomas Rosenberg, who performed the operation,] will meet with Eric Milton [Wednesday] and review the video and show exactly what they did and also go over his rehab program," said Twins assistant general manager Bill Smith. "And he will be back on Friday."
Milton to have surgery Wednesday
(3/4/2003) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Eric Milton will have surgery on his left knee on Wednesday. He might miss most of the month of April.
Milton surgery delayed slightly
(3/3/2003) Eric Milton's knee surgery has been delayed slightly, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He has been unable to reach his preferred surgeon, Dr. Thomas Rosenberg of Park City, Utah. If Rosenberg can't perform the operation, Milton is expected to have it done in Alabama by Dr. James Andrews. Despite the delay, Milton doesn't expect to be on the disabled list long. "It's not going to be that major a surgery,'' Milton said.
Milton likely out two months
(2/28/2003) Eric Milton will undergo surgery on his left knee next week and is expected to be sidelined for two months, according to SportsLine.com's Scott Miller.
Milton looking good
(2/26/2003) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Eric Milton has looked healthy and strong while throwing two batting practice sessions in three days. He is making adjustments in his delivery to reduce strain on his knee. Pitching coach Rick Anderson is also working on a new delivery for Milton's curveball. "Last year his curve was coming in at 68, 67, 69 miles per hour," Anderson said. "We need to make it harder, and more difficult to recognize."
Milton is optimistic
(2/18/2003) Eric Milton told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he is not overly concerned about his left knee, which seems to be an issue to the team's braintrust after last year's surgery. "I can definitely pitch through it," he said. "These guys are making more out of it than I want to be made out of it. I'm just going to go out and do my job. These guys are obviously concerned about the swelling, but that's the last thing on my mind."
Milton to miss early drills
(2/17/2003) Milton, who is dealing with continuing knee problems, won't participate in the full running regimen early in camp and might miss early fielding drills. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Milton is scheduled for regular throwing work.
Milton not recovered
(2/15/2003) The Twins are concerned about the Eric Milton's surgically repaired left knee, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "He's got puffiness in his knee," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "All we can do is go from there, and if it swells up real good, then we're going to have to get something done."
Milton had previous knee problem
(2/3/2003) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Milton felt a twinge in his knee in November. However, an MRI exam in December came back negative. Dr. John Steubs said Milton has some fluid on the knee that should be monitored, but the left-hander is on schedule. Milton has been throwing since Jan. 2 with no problems.
(9/3/2002) Milton came off the disabled list Monday and started Monday's game. Milton, who was disabled Aug. 7 with a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, pitched three-plus innings and allowed two runs on six hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Allow him to rebuild his arm strength and stamina before using him in your active lineup.
(9/2/2002) The Twins are expected to activate Milton in time to start against Seattle on Monday. Milton has been out since Aug. 7 after minor knee surgery to repair a small tear in his meniscus. Consider using him this week. His replacement, Johan Santana, will be demoted to the bullpen.
(8/28/2002) Milton, who had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, threw live batting practice before Tuesday's game. "He was locked in," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He threw very, very well. He was all business. He went after it very hard." Milton might be able to return next week. Monitor his progress. He might be a quality Fantasy pitcher when he returns.
(8/26/2002) Milton, who is recovering from knee surgery, threw in the bullpen on Sunday and successfully completed agility drills in the outfield. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune reports that he will pitch batting practice on Tuesday, and might be a week away from returning to the rotation. Milton might need a start or two to get back to full strength, but he looks like he'll be able to help a Fantasy team for the final few weeks of the season.
(8/23/2002) Milton is making progress in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to resume throwing in the bullpen on Friday. "Everyone has checked him and Milty (Milton) feels nothing in his knee," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. "He feels great and the rehab people are saying he has all the strength in it and he has no pain." No timetable has been set for his return, but Milton might be able to return before his original target period of mid-September.
(8/14/2002) According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Milton has begun therapy for his surgically-repaired left knee, doing two sessions a day. The Twins will be aggressive in his rehabilitation, but will not rush his recovery. Milton is still expected to return by mid-September.
(8/9/2002) Milton underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. He is expected to miss 4-5 weeks. Johan Santana will replace Milton in the rotation for now, and is a good replacement in Fantasy leagues.
(8/8/2002) An MRI on Milton's left knee Wednesday revealed a partial lateral cartilage tear, and he will require surgery Thursday in Minnesota. He will miss four to five weeks, and the injury was worse than the Twins had feared. Johan Santana will replace Milton in the rotation for now, and is a good replacement in Fantasy leagues.
(8/7/2002) Milton, who was scheduled to start Tuesday's game in Baltimore, suffered a lateral strain of the left knee while warming up before the game. He is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test in Minnesota on Wednesday. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire suggested Milton also might have torn cartilage in the knee after hearing a popping sound, and that might require surgery that could keep the left-hander out for three weeks. Johan Santana, who took Milton's place in the game, is a good replacement for now in Fantasy leagues.
(6/26/2002) Milton was torched on Tuesday night, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits in only 4 2/3 innings of work. It was unclear if Milton would be able to make the start, after suffering a bruised heel in his previous appearance.
(6/21/2002) Milton left after four innings on Thursday after suffering a bruised left heel. Milton injured himself running to first base on a groundout. He is expected to make his next start. If he is unable to make his start, Tony Fiore might get the call. Milton will be re-evaluated Friday.
(6/1/2002) Milton (7-4) produced his shortest start of the year against Anaheim. He completed only 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits, seven runs and a walk as his ERA rose to 5.61. He has a solid record, but should only be considered as a fourth or fifth starter in AL-only leagues because of his high ERA. Dont expect his ERA to drop much during the remainder of the season. Milton currently has a career ERA of 4.85.
(5/9/2001) Milton struck out seven and walked two enroute to his third career shutout Tuesday against the Yankees. Milton allowed only four hits in the game as he lowered his ERA to 2.25. At 4-2 he has been one of the best pitchers in the American League so far.
(2/12/2001) The Twins' lefthander has agreed to a four-year, $21 million contract that could keep him with the team through 2004. Milton was 13-10 last season with a 4.86 ERA. He struggled at time in 2000 but is one of the better young pitchers in the American League.
(9/25/2000) Milton had a rocky start against the White Sox Saturday. Somewhat hobbled by a knee injury, Milton allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings to pick up the loss. Milton dropped to 13-10 on the season with a 4.97 ERA.
(9/8/2000) Milton was 4-2 with a 3.06 ERA in eight starts going into Thursdays game against the Red Sox. He lasted only 3.1 innings and gave up seven runs, six earned. Milton is now 12-9 this season and saw his ERA rise to 4.93.
(8/10/2000) Milton pitched seven innings Wednesday and allowed only three earned runs. He came away with a no-decision for his efforts, but still has a 11-6 record this season.
(6/21/2000) Will miss one start after taking a line drive off his pitching hand during batting practice on Tuesday. Milton has been pitching his best baseball of the season of late, and the problem is not considered serious as X-rays revealed no broken bones. Joe Mays will have his turn bumped forward a day and will replace Milton on Thursday.
(6/8/2000) Milton is questionable to make his next start after taking a line drive off his left leg on Tuesday. If Milton can't go, the Twins will likely turn to rookie southpaw Johan Santana.
(5/17/2000) Eric Milton was hit hard by Seattle batters on Monday night, but did show increased velocity on his fastball.
(5/16/2000) Eric Milton may be going through a dead-arm period as his fastball is several miles down from its normal 94 MPH.
(1/28/1999) Milton limped to the finish line last year after showing a lot of promise early in the season. He lost seven of his final nine decisions, and posted an ugly 12.96 ERA in August. Milton was either very impressive or very hittable. He ended up with 14 losses, and still needs to make more adjustments to the majors before he can become a reliable Fantasy pitcher. Milton may evolve into a good strikeout pitcher. For now, he must refine his control and cut down on his walks.