Dodger Minor League Injury Report

As Greg Miller, the top-rated lefthander back from rehabilitation, takes a long stride forward with his move up to Jacksonville, another highly regarded lefthander will take his first step forward as Mike Megrew is set to pitch for the first time this season Friday.

The 21-year-old Megrew, like Miller a member of the exceptional group chosen in the 2002 draft, will work one inning for the Gulf Coast Dodgers, something he naturally hopes will start him down the road to more important assignments.

"I probably will stay with the Gulf Coast team until they finish their season," he reports. "But since they end early (Aug. 25), I hope they'll move me over to Vero Beach after that. I'd really like to pitch for them in the playoffs. That's something I haven't been able to do."

In 2003, Megrew was slated to start a playoff game for Ogden but had to be held out when his arm tightened as he was warming up. Last year with Vero, he was shut down before post-season play and ultimately underwent Tommy John surgery.

Now he thinks he's ready at last. "I've been throwing bullpens. The first few I didn't have any arm strength and it was tough. My last two, though, I've felt good and everything worked well."

Unlike Miller, Megrew isn't a power pitcher. Rather, he relies on perhaps the best changeup thrown by any pitcher in the system, one that has fadeaway action. His fast ball reaches into the low 90's and he also throws a hard slider. He was 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 2004, throwing seven innings of no-hit ball against Tampa, May 29.

Another lefthander returning from rehab, Kale Garrison, made a strong impression with a solid inning for the Gulf Coast entry Monday. And righthander Jumbo Diaz continued his impressive comeback with Vero, throwing another scoreless inning. He now has six in which he has allowed only two hits and no runs. What's most intriguing is the fact that he was clocked at 101 mph in his most recent effort.

However, a shoulder injury has put Lucas May of Columbus out for the rest of the year. May, who has been moved from shortstop to left field, will be replaced by Steve Sapp, called up from the GCL Dodgers where he was hitting .316.