Tuesday, March 01, 2005

It's Miller Time!

(BDD Photo)

GREAT news coming out of Red Sox camp. Even though Wade Miller is scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time in six months today, he is aiming to begin the season as a member of the Red Sox rotation. After throwing long toss with Curt Schilling, Miller predicted that he should be ready for the start of the season.

Now, I’m ecstatic about this. I’m overjoyed. To the point of tears. We’re all forgetting that a healthy Wade Miller was the Astros ace just two short years ago. After ending his season in August to get treatment on his shoulder, followed by surgery, Miller is confident he’s healthy enough to be a mainstay in the Sox rotation.

It's going to feel good,'' Miller said, "Hopefully, I can get some control and get some feel of throwing downhill again.''

If you’ve never seen this guy pitch, well, you’re going to be overly surprised. The Red Sox were obviously aware when Theo swooped in and signed Miller to a one year contract, before he even negotiated with any other team. Wade has the same trainer as Pedro Martinez, who guided Pedro through surgery in 2001.

“I have full confidence in his program, and everything has worked so far,'' he said. “As long as I'm feeling good, I'm going to continue to progress.''

As the case is with Schilling, please don’t rush. But seeing this Cy Young sleeper on the mound in April would sure be nice…


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