However, the Phillies press notes, updated at noon today, still lists Brett Myers as Thursday’s starter against Atlanta.
Maybe all this hubub was a clever way to light a fire under his rear end. It looks like they’re sticking with Myers, which probably isn’t the worst option to be bandied about since Friday. That honor goes to the Chad Durbin/Ryan Madson combo, which was brushed aside by GM Pat Gillick in this morning’s report by Scott Lauber. In the same piece, Gillick referred to Triple-A southpaw J.A. Happ as “Decent. Acceptable,” citing an in-house scouting report from Rod Nichols. Among pitchers with a minimum 83 innings, Myers' 5.84 ERA ranks second last in the National League, while his 24 home runs allowed is tops in baseball.
Chipper could land on DL: The National League’s best hitter, Chipper Jones, missed his eighth straight start on Sunday. Now, manager Bobby Cox is hinting he could land on the disabled list, according to the team Web site. Chipper is nursing a right quadriceps pull and can’t run. Because he made himself available to pinch-hit last week, a trip to the DL would be retroactive to June 26.
So long without playing: Phillies outfielder So Taguchi hasn’t started a game since June 1 and has gotten only four at-bats since then.