FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Miller reported that the elbow stiffness he felt, forcing the Red Sox to scratch the lefty from his scheduled appearance Thursday against the Cardinals, was nothing he was concerned with.
"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."
Miller explained the tightness was actually being classified as "triceps inflammation," residing just above his left elbow.
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.
"I felt great. I felt better," said Miller when asked how he was feeling Thursday. "Every day has been better. Today is better than yesterday, which was better than the day before."
Miller did not have a timetable for his return, although he surmised the injury wouldn't sideline him much longer.
"It's not necessarily uncommon," said Miller, who impressed in his two-inning stint Sunday, striking out three while not allowing a hit. "It's something a lot of guys go through this time of year, I guess. It was a little bit more than I'm used to so I'm staying cautious."
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