Myers to minors

The Phillies today optioned starting pitcher Brett Myers to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.


Under Major League Baseball service time rules, Myers, with 5-plus years in the majors, had the right to accept or decline the assignment.


“I can’t say enough about Brett’s willingness to accept this assignment,” said general manager Pat Gillick. “He understood and is eager to get back on track again. He is struggling right now, but he is a quality major league pitcher who we are going to need in the second half of the season.


“The idea was something that Ruben [Amaro], Charlie [Manuel], Rich [Dubee] and I talked about the last couple of days. We just felt it was the best situation for Brett. This way he can continue being a starting pitcher. We discussed it with Brett and his agent and we all came to a meeting of the minds.”


Myers will start tomorrow night in Allentown’s



against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. “How many starts he will make there is something we’ll monitor,” added Gillick.


A decision as to Myers’ replacement will be determined tomorrow. He would have been scheduled to start again Thursday, but there was widespread speculation since his last appearance — a loss to


last Friday night — that he would be dropped from the rotation.


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