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Quick hits from the Fort: Miller's progress

2/22/2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller was limited to 37 games last season due to a left foot injury on July 6. The left-hander is completely healthy and is working on regaining his form.

"He's a guy trying to get his timing in his delivery," Farrell said of the 6-foot-7 hurler. "You're talking about someone with that length of limbs, there's a little more that needs to be timed up, and with each bullpen you can see some progression with that. There's no question on the foot or anything he dealt with after the injury. We're looking forward to him being a mainstay in this bullpen."

Prior to his injury, Miller allowed no runs in 29 of his 37 appearances and averaged a career-high 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

"I thought last year when he went down he was doing such a good job against righties and lefties in key spots," Farrell said. "That was a big blow to our bullpen and to have him 100 percent healthy, a guy that you can go to with men on base for a strikeout, provided he picks up where he left off, that is a huge weapon."

Only once during his 37 outings did he allow multiple earned runs last season. Other than that one outing where he allowed three earned runs in 1/3 of an inning on May 12 against the Toronto Blue Jays, Miller posted a 1.78 ERA.

"It didn't really matter where we were in the lineup, we were attacking and he's got stuff to get any hitter out in the league," Farrell said. "In the role for two years now, he's gained a lot of confidence with that transition that's been made."

* Newly acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano arrived in camp Saturday, passed his physical and will throw his first bullpen session with the Red Sox on Sunday. Farrell also said Capuano would begin to throw live batting practice in a couple of days.

* Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy tossed his first bullpen session on Saturday and is expected to start throwing live BP on Feb. 26. A hand/finger issue earlier in camp kept Peavy off the mound.

* Red Sox utility infielder Jonathan Herrera has experience playing second, third and shortstop in his career and he could be relied on to play all three if needed. Not Bugs Bunny style, but in case of an injury or if a player needs a day off. The utility depth, at this point, for the left side of the infield includes Brandon Snyder, Brock Holt and Garin Cecchini.

* Speaking of Cecchini, Farrell described the third base prospect as a "baseball rat" with intelligence, instincts and a tireless work ethic.

* The exhibition season begins on Thursday with the annual doubleheader against Northeastern University and Boston College. Farrell said he has his pitchers lined up for both games, but he's not ready to announce them yet.