After the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions ceremony on Friday afternoon, the Bulletin caught up with former Brownwood Lion and current Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller. Miller underwent Tommy John surgery in May after a strong start to the 2017 season, and is hoping to return to the mound sometime in 2018.

He was inducted into the Hall of Champions alongside Joe Loudermilk, Kirby Freeman and the 1967 state champion Lions football team on Friday, Nov. 10.

Q: How is Tommy John rehab going, and where are you in that process now?

Rehab’s going great. I’m basically fully recovered now, it’s just time to kind of let everything heal up a little bit. I started throwing Oct. 9, and threw for about a month and stopped. Everything felt great, so I’ll shut it down for two more months and start back up at the beginning of the year in January.

So everything’s back on track, everything’s on point. The arm feels good. The recovery process — the timetable for coming back is to be determined. I don’t know when exactly I’ll be back. But the rehab process is right on point.

What was it like watching the Arizona Diamondbacks find success this season? Was it fun, or frustrating because you couldn’t contribute, or a little bit of both?

A little bit of both would be the best way to say it, because I wanted to be out there so bad to help. We were doing so well and had a heck of a season, and it was a lot of fun to watch. But at the same time, it’s tough to watch because you want to be competing and be out there.

But at the end of the day, I’m proud of my teammates and proud of the year they had coming off of how bad we played last year. I think it’s a good building point, and I think we’ll be even better next year. Hopefully we make an even bigger run.

Before your injury, it seemed like you had maybe turned a corner and were getting some better results. Did you feel that way in early 2017?

Yeah, I was throwing really well. Even up to that last game when I did get hurt, I still was feeling pretty good. But it’s part of the game. Everything is a learning experience, and you get better every day. You take the positives with the negatives and build off it. I’m going to come back as strong as I can.

What does it mean to you to be inducted into the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions?

It’s huge. I grew up around all these people, so to be here and to be the recipient of such a big award, especially in this town with how powerful and meaningful it is to me and a lot of people in it, is huge. It’s something I’ll cherish forever.