After the longest 15-day recovery in history, right-hander Brett Myers returns to the Phillies after missing more than two months with a shoulder strain. To clear room, lefthander Mike Zagurski was optioned to Ottawa.
(From a Phillies news release) Myers, 26, was 1-2 with six saves and a 5.50 ERA prior to going on the DL. In 18 relief appearances, he was 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 20.2 innings (13.9 SO/9.0 IP). Zagurski, 24, went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 23 appearances with the Phillies. As previously announced, second baseman Chase Utley was placed on the 15-day DL with a broken right hand and Joe Thurston had his contract purchased from triple-A Ottawa to replace him on the 25-man roster. To make room for Thurston on the 40-man roster, infielder Danny Sandoval was designated for assignment.
Beerleaguer: Makes that Thurston call-up a little more palatable (he wrote sheepishly) and also prevents a few more Phans from jumping off the cliff. In other news, Utley underwent successful surgery on his hand and had some pins inserted. The timetable for his return is approximately four weeks. Zagurski's demotion was overdue, although he showed some flashes early on of becoming a decent left-handed specialist someday. He still has plenty of time to become one. Share your favorite Danny Sandoval moments in the space below.