No decision from Phils on Myers' status
Struggling right-hander unlikely to make next start Thursday
ARLINGTON -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel wasn't ready to reveal any decision on Sunday about the status of starter Brett Myers, if he has made one regarding the struggling right-hander.Myers remains in limbo for his next start, scheduled for Thursday in Atlanta, though he seems unlikely to take that turn. "I'll have it by Tuesday, probably," Manuel said. "We'll talk about it [Monday]."
Manuel will have discussions with pitching coach Rich Dubee and general manager Pat Gillick, who said on Sunday's pregame show that the Phillies might make an "adjustment" to the rotation."Right now, that's the way we're leaning, but we'll think about it," Manuel said. "I'll talk to Doobs [on Monday] or on the plane tonight. We even might have something for you [Monday], but most likely Tuesday." The likeliest scenario has reliever Chad Durbin starting on either Thursday or Friday, depending on how Manuel adjusts his rotation for Monday's off-day. Hamels could start Thursday, on regular rest, with Durbin sliding in Friday to give Jamie Moyer an extra day of rest. Moyer would then pitch on Saturday. Another move would be to recall J.A. Happ from Triple-A or Carlos Carrasco from Double-A. Each would be well-rested and ready, but each would require the club to make a roster move, such as designating reliever Clay Condrey for assignment and risk losing him to another team. Either way, Manuel feels that a mental break could help Myers. With a 3-9 record and a 5.84 ERA, he could likely use some time to clear his head. "He's definitely kind of mentally spent right now," Manuel said. "I want to make sure we do what's right for the team and Brett. We'll talk about the guys we've got on our staff, things we can or want to do. I haven't made my mind up yet." Like the Tigers recently did to struggling lefty Dontrelle Willis, the Phillies won't be sending him to Class A. "That's not one of our options," Manuel said.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.