Brett Myers saw an opthamologist today in Clearwater and has been cleared to resume throwing. The Phillies are hopeful that he will be able to throw off the mound sometime in the middle of this week, which suggests he could make his first rehab start at some point next weekend.
Myers was originally scheduled to pitch one inning for Class A Clearwater on Saturday, but a badly swollen eye scratched the start. Myers initially told the Phillies that the black eye came as a result of playing catch with his son, but later changed his story to say that he tripped and fell while exiting one of his family's trucks Friday night, smashing the eye and causing it to swell shut.
Myers, who is optimistic that he will recover from May hip surgery in time to contribute as a reliever in September and October, told the Phillies' official web site Saturday that he initially lied to the team because he was embarassed about the circumstances surrounding the injury.
Myers told Phillies.com that alcohol was not a factor in the injury.