Our Paul Hagen is covering Brett Myers today in Reading.
Here is a transcript of Myers' session with the media:
Myers: "I'm not coming back to take anybody's job. I'm just coming back to help. Whatever the situation is. If somebody needs a day off or whatever. Just make it to where they have confidence in the guys in the back of the bullpen, to where we can win games. It's all about winning. It doesn't matter how we do it. I just want to win."
(But if they needed you to close. . .)
"Yeah. If Lidge threw four days in a row and he felt like he needed a blow then, yeah, I could do it. (Ryan) Madson could do it. Hopefully (lefthander) J.C. (Romero) comes back and the match-up works out and he can do it. There are a lot of guys in there can do it. Just because they haven't doesn't mean they can't.
"They put a lot of emphasis on that ninth inning. And they should, because it's probably the three biggest outs in the game. But guys just have to think of it like another inning. I think they should be just fine about that."
(But you do have to understand the concern. . .)
"I know that the fans and everybody else – I'm not sure the organization is too concerned about it with the lead we have and everything – you never know. Who knows? Maybe we make it to the playoffs and (Lidge) comes out and he goes 6-for-6 or whatever. You just never know what's going to happen and that's the beauty of the game.
"I'll just come back. And if they need me to close the game or if Brad needs a blow or whatever just to take a day then, yeah, we can do that. They can pick who they want to put in that situation. But am I prepared to do anything they ask? Yeah, I'll be ready. I've closed before. It's nothing new for me to go out and do it.
"But, like I said, I'm not coming back to take anybody's job. I just want to come back and help. The main thing for me right now is just to get back and be part of the team. Because they're doing all this without me and it (stinks) for me. Because I'm wanting them to win every night and not being there to be a part of what's going on is tough."
(How do you keep up?)
"The greatest thing ever. It's called the Sling Box. . .I can watch it on my computer."
(So you don't sense that they're concerned about Lidge?)
"Dude, I'm not there. I couldn't really tell you. . .I don't know what's going on."
(Believe us, they're concerned)
"If that's how you feel, if they're concerned about it, I don't know what to tell you. There's nothing I can do until I finish up here. I'm just trying to pitch here and get my arm strength back and be healthy enough to contribute any way they need me to."
"I think it's pretty good. I've been throwing for two months. It's been 2 ½ weeks since I've been able to get on a mound. The first week or so of throwing felt weird. But tehn you get past that and you start playing catch and then all of a sudden it starts coming together.
"I threw four or five bullpens in Clearwater. I threw four simulated games. So I had like nine chances to be on the mound (before starting the rehab assignment) to get my stuff ready. So it's fine."
(Why multiple innings? So you can do that out of the bullpen?)