Brett Myers moved his left heel a few inches, and ended up on the World Series roster.
The veteran righthander, who pitched one ineffective inning in the division series and was excluded from the National League Championship Series roster, was added to the team once again. He replaced utilityman Miguel Cairo.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee said that the team needed an extra pitcher because of the lack of off-days during the World Series, and that Myers looked much improved while throwing two simulated games and two bullpen sessions during the NLCS.
“His fastball is a lot sharper,” Dubee said. “His breaking ball is better than it was before. His fastball command has improved.”
Myers said that he noticed a mechanical problem while warming up in the bullpen to pitch Game 2 of the division series, but did not have time to correct it.
“My heel was pointing too much toward the plate, so I was flying open when I released the ball,” he said.
Having corrected that issue in his side work during the NLCS, Myers feels ready to pitch, The upper back strain that sidelined him in September has healed, he said.
“It’s definitely better," Myers said.
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