(From a Phillies news release) - Right-hander Brett Myers was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, backdated to May 24. To take his place, the team purchased the contract of left-hander Mike Zagurski from Double-A Reading.
In the day's second major roster move, first baseman Ryan Howard was activated from the 15-day disabled list after completing a two-game rehabilitation assignment in Lakewood. To make room on the roster, Chris Coste was optioned to Double-A Reading.
For Myers, this is his first career trip to the DL. He was removed from Wednesday’s game after throwing a wild pitch and had an MRI yesterday at the Phillies’ medical facilities in Clearwater. The results of that MRI have not yet been revealed. Myers was 1-0 with six saves and a 2.61 ERA in 18 appearances out of the bullpen. He had 32 strikeouts in 20.2 innings and led all National League relievers in strikeouts.
Zagurski, pictured right, has split the season between Clearwater and Reading. In 18 appearances, the 24-year-old left-hander was a combined 0-0 with five saves, a 1.16 ERA and had 38 strikeouts in 23.1 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .104 average.
Coste was 2-for-6 with a walk, all of his production coming in yesterday's game. This is his first trip to Double-A since the 2001 season.
Beerleaguer: The Myers news is a crushing blow. A trip to the shelf while trying to adapt to a new role. Just what they needed. Overused, over-thowing ... we'll have answers in time. Either way, it's a major setback for a team that was starting to gain traction and would have had Howard back for a huge series in Atlanta.
The timing couldn't have been worse for Coste, either. With a healthy Myers, the team might have been able to keep the extra bench player instead of 12 pitchers. Before the injury, the extra arm was a waste of space frankly. You could make the same argument for others such as Rod Barajas and Jayson Werth. Needless to say, Coste has the support of the city and none from the Phillies. One can only hope he sticks with it, because they're bound to call on him again. Keep your eye on the fast-approaching date when the Phillies can trade their free agent signings. That could be why Coste is being kept close at hand.
Game chat: Phillies begin series in Atlanta
With all that's going on, it's hard to remember the Phillies face a difficult task in Tim Hudson (5-2, 2.42 ERA). Following yesterday's marathon, their chances aren't good, but weirder things have happened. Perhaps they'll get a lift from Howard's return. The Phils counter with Jamie Moyer (4-3, 4.37 ERA). Moyer was rattled hard his last outing and is 0-3 with an 8.84 ERA in three starts against Atlanta.
It might be a good idea to get that Memorial Day weekend started early.