Brett Myers pitched his first “rehab” start for AAA Lehigh Valley yesterday. The line: 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K.
The start is getting mixed reviews. Throwing 60 strikes in 100 pitches? And 100 pitches in five innings? He needs to do better than that, especially against AAA competition.
After the game, Myers said he had “fun” in Allentown:
“Being here was relaxed. I am trying to get that swagger back that I used to have. I am trying to get cocky again. I feel better.”
I hope so. Shake off all the crap and get to pitching.
Mike Arbuckle, Phils director of scouting, said the outing was unspectacular, but necessary:
“It was not outstanding but it was solid. In the fifth inning he hung a few curveballs. He has to continue to get command of his fastball and consistency with his delivery. He had to take a step back and work on some things, and he accomplished that.”
This is the time for Myers to reclaim the fastball. When that’s working the curve will do its own work. Next time I want to see Myers throw 75 fastballs out of 100 pitches, no matter how poor the outcome.
Related: By the way, I have to recommend everyone to read Jim Salisbury’s fantastic timeline of the Myers-to-Allentown saga. It’s a worthy piece on how the team and Myers camp operated. A little perturbed about Myers, at least as he’s portrayed by Salisbury.