What happened last night? I mean, I am completely dumbfounded as to the events that unfolded in the latter stages of that Phillies game. Both Greg Dobbs and Rod Barajas had a great chance to put the entire game to rest and indirectly prevent Brett Myers from blowing out his shoulder. Even Charlie, in his infinite wisdom, said, "I’ve seen a lot of crazy things in baseball. It ranks with the rest of them." Without going into all of the specifics, the Phillies eventually escaped with an 8-7 victory.
Freddy Garcia showed signs of improvements as he lasted six innings but the pitching concerns now shift to Myers. Last night’s game left him hurt – physically, mentally, and emotionally. After tossing a pitch to the backstop, Myers left the game immediately and went to the clubhouse to ice down his right shoulder. The Phillies said he strained it and may send the closer back to Philadelphia today for further examination. Myers thinks a day or two of rest should straighten things out; let’s hope so because the Phils struck gold with Myers as the bullpen solution. Brett has appeared in 11 games this month and the Phillies have won every one of them. With Tom Gordon still on the DL 15 days later, the Phillies will have to look elsewhere for a Plan B.
Myers Upate: Righthander Brett Myers was re-examined this morning by Phillies Head Athletic Trainer Scott Sheridan. It was re-confirmed that he has a right shoulder strain. He is listed as day-to-day. Myers will have an MRI on his right shoulder today at the Phillies’ medical network in Clearwater, Fla.