Manuel misses Myers

Brett Myers will pitch against the Phillies for the first time in his life. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On Thursday in Clearwater, Brett Myers will pitch against the Phillies for the first time in his life when the Astros visit for a Grapefruit League game.

It's making Charlie Manuel sentimental.

"I miss Myers," Manuel said. "I miss getting on him. I miss his mouth. I miss everything. I think in our camp this year, it’s been a little quieter without Myers."

Myers, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Phillies, signed a one-year, $5.1 million contract with Houston during the off-season. Shortly after the Phillies were defeated by the Yankees in the World Series, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Myers he would not be offered a new contract.

Manuel said he understands the reasoning behind Myers not returning.

" I think the size of his contract, the money he was making, he has a chance to make in the future," Manuel said. "It all got back to a business aspect of it. I wish Myers all the luck in the world as long as the Phillies whip him. Seriously. I pull for Brett, but not when he pitches against the Phillies."

When Myers signed his contract with Houston in January, he promised to "stick it" to the Phillies every time he faces them.

Manuel said he expects to see the "same old" Myers on Thursday.

"I’ll be getting on him," Manuel said. "He’ll be making gestures back at me and everything. He can’t help himself."