If Shelby Miller happens to enjoy a huge bounce-back season with the Diamondbacks in 2017, there are at least two words that might help to explain it.
The first word is “anabolic.” The second word is, well, let Miller spill the beans.
“Have you ever heard of anabolic fasting? I’m doing that,” Miller said before making his Cactus League debut Saturday at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. “I’m a little bit leaner, but I feel like it’s made me stronger. You know, it’s all irrelevant in some ways. People eat different and people think things work for them and people think that they’re going to do what they think is right.
“I don’t know, but I think I’m in a good program as far as eating and how I eat and what I eat and what times I eat and the way I lift. I’m going to continue to do that and see if it works.”
After everything the right-hander went through last year, it probably can’t hurt. Nothing else really seemed to work.
Miller, 26, struggled badly throughout virtually all of 2016, finishing with an unsightly record of 3-12, a bloated ERA of 6.15 and a strikeout (70) to walk (42) ratio that was embarrassing for a pitcher just one year removed from being a major-league All-Star.
Finding a way to move on and mentally bury all that transpired during his debut season with the Diamondbacks was a start. Coming back with a healthier and more energized body to match his new mindset is what he hopes will be the clincher.
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