He has a limp, but he is walking. He had not been expected to walk until 10 to 14 days after he had right hip surgery June 4. But he is walking a few days earlier than that. And that is why Myers thinks there is a chance he could be pitching again for the Phillies in September, despite the fact Ruben Amaro Jr. said they are not expecting Myers to pitch again this season.
Myers is OK with Amaro’s assessment. He understands. But that does not mean he isn’t going to try.
“It’s not getting your hopes up because you don’t know,” Myers said. “There could be a setback to where it could take an extra two weeks. It could take an extra month. That’s a fair statement to make. But if I can come back quicker and I’m able to pitch again this year it’ll be hopefully good for me to get back out there to help the team.
“Realistically, I think I can possibly be back by September. As of right now, the way I’m starting to feel, barring any setbacks. You’ve just got to do what your body will tell you to do.”
It has not been easy for Myers to watch games at home. He is one of the more energetic players in the clubhouse.
“I didn’t realize how into the games I got watching them on TV,” he said. “I thought I was into it more when I was actually here. But it’s a little worse when I’m at home because I can actually scream at the TV. It’s pretty pathetic. People won’t watch the games with me because I can actually see if an umpire misses a call or something. I’m going, ‘You missed it!’ And I can’t even call anybody to tell them, ‘Hey, he missed that call.’”
Bad news and good news for Scott Eyre.
The bad news: The Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. Righthaner Kyle Kendrick took his place in the bullpen. Why Kendrick, who has been starting all season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley?
“Kendrick was supposed to pitch tonight, and also we needed some length,” Charlie Manuel said. ”We felt like with all the Interleague Play we have coming up and who were playing and stuff, we might get into a situation where we need somebody who can throw anywhere from one to four, five innings. And that’s Kendrick. Our reports say Kendrick’s been throwing the ball pretty good. They say his changeup is really starting to show some improvement.”
The good news: The government released Eyre’s assets, which the government had frozen in February while investigating a financial fraud scheme.
The Phillies drafted J.D. Drew in 1997. Nineteen Ninety Seven. Is it still necessary to boo him every time he hits?