Rays INF Brad Miller didn't have much to feel good about after a rough and injury-interrupted 2017 season.

But he expects to be feeling better, and doing better, in 2018 after having core muscle surgery last month to address issues in his groins and lower abdominals. The team had not announced he had surgery.

Miller said Thursday "everything went well" with the surgery and with a recovery and rehab time of six weeks should have no problem being fully ready for the start of spring training in February.

Miller missed 42 games over a pair of DL stints for groin and abdominal issues during the season, and when he was active didn't play well, hitting .201 with nine homers and 40 RBIs. That was a big dropoff from 2016, when he hit .243 with 30 homers and 81 RBI.