The biggest acquisition of the Phillies' off-season has been tossed into the Lehigh Valley pigsty, as struggling right-hander Brett Myers has agreed to be optioned to Triple-A, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. [Link]
Myers will start Wednesday’s game against Scranton-Wilkes Barre, according to the report, while his replacement will be named tomorrow. In 17 starts, he's 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA, the second highest mark in the National League among pitchers with at least 83 innings. The most damning number: The Phillies were 1-11 in his last 12 starts.
Beerleaguer: In typical Phillies style, they march to the beat of their own drummer with a stunning move, one that nobody considered. Hell, it's a move that nobody even thought possible. But he deserves it. There's satisfaction in this, seeing a player with his abrasive swagger get knocked down a peg or two. It's almost unprecedented with a player of Myers' status: a veteran of seven seasons, a home-grown player, a first-round pick, someone they committed to last off-season, and the guy on the mound when the Phillies won the East. It's stunning, and it's bound to send shockwaves through a slumping Phillies' clubhouse. In essence, they're saying "There's no room for you here, or in our bullpen. You're going to be a starter, and you're going to do it the hard way." Above all, it's about helping a pitcher who wasn't going to fix it on the fly, but the ramifications are still huge. Take what value he had and throw it out the window. He's J.D. Durbin now, and he'll need to prove himself to earn passage back down the Blue Route.
Meanwhile, we wait in anticipation on Myers' replacement. Perhaps the secrecy points toward another curveball.
Game chat: We'll keep it right here for tonight's game between the Phils and Braves. Kyle Kendrick and Charlie Morton square off in Atlanta.