MLB News: Indians’ Brett Myers could be converted to relief pitcher

Cleveland Indians pitcher Brett Myers could be converted into a reliever if his right elbow issues persist for much longer, writes Mark Emery at Indians.com.

Myers was diagnosed in late April with tendonitis a mild UCL tear and suffered a setback when he felt renewed soreness last week after going four-plus innings in a rehab start at Double-A Akron.

“We’d like to let him come back as a starter,” Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters on Wednesday. “Saying that, I guess if it ever got to the point where we thought he could handle being a reliever, maybe that’s something we would look at, just out of common sense.”

In two rehab appearances for Double-A Akron, Myers went 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA. He lasted a combined 7 1/3 innings, while striking out two and walking five. Without Myers in the rotation, Indians starters have gone 14-8 with a 3.67 ERA while averaging slightly more than six innings per outing.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sounds like the perfect out for everyone associated.

  • mgbode

    Myers as a RP is acceptable. Overpaid, but that’s a sunk cost now.

  • saggy

    you mean converted BACK to a reliever

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It has to be releasing him would look bad. If he underperfoms as a reliever perhaps his injury will “worsen.”

  • Kildawg

    Myers would be a decent long reliever, maybe spot starter. When he and Perez are healthy, Hagadone and Barnes would be stashed at AAA.

  • mgbode

    Bummer Hagadone has done worse as a RP than Myers did as a starter, so he’d at least be an upgrade there.

  • Natedawg86

    Doesn’t he give up more runs in the beginning of his starts?