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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The welcome sound of a baseball hitting a catcher’s glove was particularly loud when Andrew Miller took the mound on Thursday morning.
Teammates glanced over, surprised to see somebody throwing with such force in an unofficial workout nine days before pitchers and catchers officially report for spring training. Miller threw one of his final pitches so hard that the ball sailed over the head of catcher Dan Butler and may have bruised the chain-link fence behind him.
Miller walked off the mound with a smile.
“Guess I’m feeling pretty good,” he said.
It took seven months to get there. Miller broke a bone in his left foot July 6 when he came off the mound to back up a play at the plate.