The Boston Red Sox are seemingly going through starting pitcher candidates like … well, really, really fast, anyway.
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 on 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.
“Little” in cases like this often means the pitcher’s arm is going to wind up in a sling for six months. Miller had thrown in one spring training game so far this year with a walk and three strikeouts in two innings.
You’d think Red Sox management probably has Roy Oswalt’s number on speed dial by now; all they’ll have to do is convince Oswalt that Boston is in Texas, or somewhere nearby, and they’ll have a solid starter for their rotation.
Until then, chalk up another possible cross-off-the-list in Miller.