Andrew Miller & Carlos Silva the Latest Arms To Go Down
When GM Ben Cherington continued to stock pile his list of potential starting pitchers this off season, many were scratching their heads wondering what he was doing. Then Bobby V clarified that last year the Sox never had enough starting pitching down the stretch and he was comfortable having so many arms vying for the last two rotation spots.
Here we sit one week into March and already the casualties are starting to fall with the arms leading the way.
The latest is Andrew Miller to feel discomfort in his throwing arm after throwing in the bullpen and complaining of some stiffness in the back of his elbow. Miller was scheduled to pitch in three innings against the Cardinals today down in Jupiter, FL, but will now rest the elbow and attempt to get back to work next week.
Miller is out of options so a roster spot is essential for him or the Sox will risk losing him via the waiver wire.
Miller’s injury is not as serious as the one Carlos Silva sustained. The former Cub and problem child has been declared out of the running for a rotation spot after he was listed as out indefinitely after he experienced pain in his shoulder. It is the same shoulder that plagued Silva last season that saw him pitch in only 23 innings in the minor leagues.
Silva was brought to camp as a non roster player with the hopes he could regain his form from years past. The Silva experiment is over before it ever got off the ground and with his unpredictable temperament and dramatic flare ups that he’s prone to, maybe this is for the best.
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