Brett Myers was visibly nervous about the hip injury that forced him from tonight's 6-2 loss to the Marlins in the sixth inning. The righthander will have an MRI tomorrow, at which point more should be known. He walked with a noticeable hitch in his gait in the clubhouse after the game.
“I’m kind of a little nervous because I’ve never been hurt really bad,” said Myers, who allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. “I don’t like needles either.”
Myers said the hip has locked up on him several times in the past. But tonight was by far the worst it has been.
“It was pretty bad out of the stretch,” Myers (4-3) said. “Sometimes it would just give way. It’s kind of hard to finish pitches when you don’t have your back leg pushing off. Against the Yankees I was feeling it, but it wasn’t too bad. It was maybe once an inning. But tonight almost every second or third pitch it would bother me. Hopefully there is nothing serious with it and there is some treatment I can do to get rid of it.”
Possible contingency plans, other than Chan Ho Park?
Andrew Carpenter pitched last night at Lehigh Valley, and Kyle Kendrick pitched tonight, so either could be available.
It is still too early to tell, though, if Myers will miss a start.