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Miller not too concerned with his elbow

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 8, 2012 11:56 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla — Andrew Miller is not too concerned about his left elbow, saying he felt fine today and hopes to start playing catch again as soon as Friday. He had originally been scheduled to pitch today against the Cardinals.

"Today is better than yesterday, which is better than the day before," Miller said. "They checked out and everything is fine. I think it's just a little bit of inflammation."

Miler pitched two innings against the Twins on Sunday. He felt a little stiff when he woke up on Tuesday but threw in the bullpen as scheduled.

"I got through it fine. But I was kind of a little more sore than I should have been," Miller said. "Just being a little cautious. Better to take care of it now than later. Knock it now [now] and hopefully not have to deal with it later on."

Miller, who has been taking anti-inflammatory medication, hasn't been told when he will start throwing again but is anxious to start it up again.

"I don't like sitting around here," he said.

In Jupiter, Bobby Valentine said Miller will throw a side session soon before getting into another game.

Also spoke to Carlos Silva, who has been shut down because of inflammation in his right shoulder. Silva has a long history of shoulder issues and this latest bout has him concerned.

"I came here to make the team, not have this happen," he said, pointing to the ice pack on his shoulder. "I want to be pitching."

Silva said the discomfort is not as bad as it has been in the past, but it was enough that he felt uncomfortable just playing catch.

"I have no idea how long I'll be out," he said. "I just have to wait."

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