Francona Says Myers To Return To Team As Bullpen Arm

By Matt Loede - 92.3 The Fan's Indians Beat Reporter
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Brett Myers / (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Brett Myers / (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – One of the Indians big offseason pickups is headed to the bullpen.

After the Indians 5-3 loss to the Twins, manager Terry Francona announced that pitcher Brett Myers will now officially come out of the pen for the time being.

First things first, Myers needs to pitch his way back with team, as he will go out and throw an inning in Mahoning Valley on Monday.

Myers is currently on the 60-day DL, but was placed on it May 20th, meaning that once he’s ready to pitch again, he could be added to the roster.

“He’s going to prepare in a bullpen role,” Francona said. “We all felt with the down time he’s had, his best way to contribute would be the bullpen route.”

The move means that the $7 million that Myers is earning for 2013 will now be as nothing more than a relief pitcher, not the starter they nabbed him to be when they inked him in January.

This season has been nothing short of disaster for Myers, who was tabbed to be Francona’s number three starter out of spring training.

He’s 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA, and this season has given up 10 homers in 21.1 innings.

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