For the second year in a row, Brett Myers has a chance to become the Phillies’ best mid-season pickup.
That was the phrased uttered about Myers last season when a minor league demotion turned the scuffling right-hander into a new man. Now, the free-agent-to-be, who underwent June 4 surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, will throw a bullpen session Thursday and has targeted a mid-August return, likely as a member of the bullpen. If it happens, it will be the third time in as many seasons that Myers has been repurposed between the rotation and bullpen, and if it works as well as it did in 2007, when Myers helped rescue a butchered bullpen, the payoff could be huge for a Phillies’ 'pen limping through a rash of injuries and ineffective pitching by Brad Lidge, who replaced Myers as closer before the 2008 season. Myers, who turns 29 next month, recorded 21 saves in ’07 and memorably recorded the division-clinching out under late-summer shadows in the final game of the season.
Hot gun: In response to my earlier piece on Kyle Drabke, R-Phils beat writer Mike Drago writes “the scoreboard radar gun at FirstEnergy Stadium is about 2 mph faster than the ‘official’ gun the Phillies' pitchers use to monitor their staff. This is a new gun this year. The old one was right on the mark; it was so good, in fact, that many scouts often used to put their guns away and just relied on the board.”
Notes: Pedro Martinez will pitch a bullpen session in Lehigh Valley today at 4:30 p.m. ... Tony Viner, president of Rogers Media, the division of Rogers Communications responsible for the Blue Jays, told the Canadien Press Tuesday that spending is being brought in line with revenues in an effort to control costs. Roy Halladay is owed roughly $22 million through 2010.