We can all take a collective sigh of relief. Andrew Miller's arm will be just fine. The Red Sox 2012 season isn't over just yet!
Miller was supposed to pitch against the Cardinals today, but was scratched due to stiffness in his throwing arm. Instead of having any type of injury to his elbow, it's been determined that he's dealing with a little bit of inflammation in his triceps. Nothing a couple Tylenol and some rest shouldn't cure.
"Just being a little cautious," Miller said. "Better to take care of it now than later. Knock it out now and hopefully not have to do deal with anything later on."
The pitcher said he felt fine the day after his outing Sunday, as well as the following day. But upon waking up Tuesday he started feeling some discomfort, which still didn't prevent him from throwing a bullpen session that day.
After the bullpen session, however, Miller said there was "just a little more soreness than was ideal at this time," leading to the precautionary measures by the team.
Just how much "soreness" is ideal at the beginning of Spring Training?
It would be nice to have Miller step up this season and become a reliable pitcher in any capacity. He has the talent to do it. He just can't seem to put it all together at once. Missing any time during camp obviously isn't going to help his cause.
Let's hope the two innings of no-hit ball with three K's he threw last weekend was the start of something positive, and his arm holds up to the rigors of Spring.