Brett Myers pitched a scoreless inning yesterday in his first rehabilitation start for Class-A Clearwater. Additional headlines include the status of unsigned draft picks and tonight's game in San Diego.
Myers, who's been out for almost two months, walked one and faced four batters. According to MLB.com, the soon-to-be 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to throw again Monday and could throw one more outing after that, then be activated from the disabled list.
Draft update: The Phillies continue to negotiate with high-school right-handers Brandon Workman and Julian Sampson. The Phils have signed 17 of their top 19 draft picks and only Workman and Sampson remain. Workman, a third round draft pick, and Sampson, who fell to the twelfth round due to signability issues, have college scholarships and are under pressure to make their decisions. Both are considered high-ceiling talents.
Another setback for Braves' Davies: Braves right-hander Kyle Davies was optioned to Triple-A Richmond on Thursday. Davies, 23, was pulled from his Monday start against Cincinnati after facing five batters and getting no outs, which left him 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA. "We think the world of him," manager Bobby Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "He's just got to find a way to get it going again. He should be a 15-game winner." Davies was 1-5 with a 7.31 ERA in his past seven starts.
Game chat - Veteran left-handers duel: Jamie Moyer (7-8, 4.99 ERA) battles David Wells (5-5, 4.15 ERA). Moyer is having a terrible July and hasn't won in almost a month. Wells used a knuckleball his last start, helping him earn a six-inning, one-run win over the Mets. Game time is 10:05 p.m. Discuss it right here.