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Miller (elbow) scratched from game

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 7, 2012 11:40 AM

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DUNEDIN, Fla. Lefthander Andrew Miller has been scratched from Thursday's game against the Cardinals in Jupiter because of a stiff elbow.

Bobby Valentine said Miller threw in the bullpen Tuesday and reported the issue when he arrived this morning. The discomfort is in the back of his elbow

"The operative word here is 'little.' I was told there was stiffness," Valentine said.

Miller was scheduled to throw three innings Thursday. He has thrown two innings so far this spring, walking one and striking out three. He is one of the candidates to become the No. 5 starter.

Miller is out of options and would have to clear waivers before being sent to the minors. The 26-year-old had a 5.54 earned run average and 1.82 WHIP in 65 innings last season.

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