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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-06-30

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-06-30
If Brett Myers knows what's wrong, he isn't saying.

Myers, the Phillies' struggling right-hander, hasn't spoken with reporters since he failed to survive the third inning Friday night in Texas. In the shortest start of his career, Myers allowed five runs on five hits and four walks. He's 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA, and the Phillies are 3-14 in his starts, including 1-11 in his last 12.

So, how much longer can the Phillies possibly keep him in the rotation?

According to manager Charlie Manuel, they're at least mulling options.

With Myers slated to start Thursday night in Atlanta, Manuel said the Phils could move right-handed reliever Chad Durbin to the rotation, although he has been a critical part of their best-in-the-league bullpen. The Phillies also could summon a starter from the minors, either Class AAA lefty J.A. Happ or Class AA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, their top pitching prospect.

Right-hander Kris Benson continues to progress from March 2007 shoulder surgery, although after allowing four runs in four innings Sunday in his first Class AAA start, it seems Benson needs a few more starts before he's ready to return to the majors.

With an off-day Monday, the Phillies also could skip Myers' turn in the rotation and keep ace lefty Cole Hamels and 45-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer on their regular rest before they'd need a starter for Saturday's game against the rival Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

"I'll think about what I want to do," Manuel said. "We could do something with Durbin. I think it depends on how far we think Myers can go in our bullpen. If something like that would happen and he could end up helping out in the back end of our bullpen, if we could see that kind of improvement in him, yeah, that might be."

In his Friday night outing in Texas, Myers allowed a homer to Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler on a second-pitch fastball. He almost completely abandoned his fastball thereafter. Of his 66 pitches, only 24 (36.4 percent) were fastballs. Normally, 50 to 55 percent of his pitches are fastballs.

"Somewhere, he's lost that edge," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "Some of it's delivery-wise. Some of it is approach. Sometimes, you've got to trust the stuff and get after it. This is stuff we go through on a regular basis with him."

RANGERS 5, PHILLIES 1: Jamie Moyer allowed a run in each of the first three innings, and the Phillies offense sputtered again in the series finale at the Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. The Phillies lost their sixth straight series since they swept the Braves in Atlanta on June 6-8. They finished their interleague schedule with a 4-11 record against Toronto (1-2), Boston (1-2), Los Angeles (0-3), Oakland (1-2) and Texas (1-2). Ryan Howard drove in the Phils' run with a single in the sixth inning. He leads the NL with 68 RBIs.

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