Myers' Last Pitch in Philly?
Asked if Myers has thrown his last pitch for the Phillies, Amaro said just because the Phillies left him off their roster it doesn’t preclude them from re-signing him in the offseason. Asked after batting practice if the Phillies’ decision to leave him off the roster precludes him from wanting to come back, Myers shrugged his shoulders and said, “Who cares?”
It would be interesting to see how Myers would fit in the Phillies’ plans. They already have starters Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick and others signed or under their control. Brad Lidge will be the closer. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero also are under contract.
“Are five starters going to do it for a season?” Amaro said. “We’re going to need 10. We’ll probably need 10 or 15 starters with how quickly they fall by the wayside. Jamie, we think he’s going to come back. He’s coming off major surgery. He will be 47. I’d like to think that we can count on him, but not necessarily. We haven’t thought that far down the line, but we’re still going to need a lot of pitching.”
Amaro said he doesn’t know if Myers’ future is as a starter or reliever.
“The beauty of Brett Myers is that he can do both,” Amaro said.
Myers was upset about the decision. Manuel said Myers shrugged his shoulders and said nothing as Manuel told him the news Wednesday.
“I guess he should be upset,” Amaro said. “It’s something that’s tough to take, especially after he worked so hard to get back. But we said it all along, we have to put the best 25 players we think it’s going to take to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whether we made the right move or the wrong move, we felt it was the way to go.”