Brett Myers took another step towards returning to the Phillies bullpen yesterday. He threw 25 pitches in a single-A game against the Tampa Yankees – three of his four outs were strikeouts and he only allowed one hit. His pitch speed hovered around the low 90s. Incidentally, Clearwater went on to win the game 7-1 behind Josh Outman who is 10-4 on the season for the Threshers. Myers meanwhile has been sidelined since May 24 with a strained right shoulder but is due for another rehab start on Wednesday in Tampa. He is expected to be back anchoring the Phillies bullpen on Friday, but we’ve heard that claim several times in the past two months.
In other Phillies injuries news, rehabbing pitchers Freddy Garcia (shoulder soreness), Francisco Rosario (more shoulder soreness) and Scott Mathieson (Tommy John surgery) all are tentatively scheduled to take to the mound within three weeks though it is unlikely any of them will return to the club this season (or ever). Also, in case you missed it, Phillies prospect and number one draft pick last year, Kyle Drabek, will have Tommy John surgery. His 19-year old elbow simply could not keep with his power pitching style under the rigors of a professional schedule. Finally, to prove that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for these guys, Tom Gordon is showing signs that he can effectively cope with his injuries. In two appearances since returning from the 76-day DL, Gordon has allowed just a single hit while recording five straight outs.