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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