Miller hopes to be ready for spring

CLEVELAND -- Indians right-hander Adam Miller is hoping to be ready for spring training after undergoing the second of two planned surgeries on his right middle finger.

The Indians announced Wednesday that the two-hour procedure to reconstruct the flexor tendon was performed Tuesday by Dr. Tom Graham at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore. Graham performed the first surgery on the tendon on April 29 and also operated on the finger in May 2008.

Miller, a 2003 first-round pick, has already started rehabbing the injury to prevent buildup of scar tissue. The 24-year-old prospect's career has been sidetracked by one injury after another. He has never pitched in the majors.

With a fastball timed at 100 mph when healthy, Miller went 15-6 at Double-A Akron in 2006 but was limited to 25 games the past two seasons because of problems with his finger.

Miller reported to camp this year eager to resume his career. But after a couple practices he told Indians trainers that he couldn't bend the tip of the finger.

Miller also missed much of the 2005 season with a strained elbow.