The Cleveland Indians released righty pitcher Brett Myers Thursday. Myers had signed a one year, seven-million dollar contract with the Indians in January. However, he only started in three games and appeared in one relief before being placed on the disabled list due to a strained elbow tendon. After being reinstated from his 60 day stint on the DL, general manager Chris Antonetti, decided to release him rather than risk replacing someone from their roster. Though unfortunate, this is a smart move by Antonetti. Myers will be rusty coming off of the disabled list, and Antonetti does not wish to move the pieces that have proven effective and that he is familiar with. Also, there is simply not enough time to see how Myers’ pitching is after so long from the mound.
During his stint with the Indians, Myers did not win any games. Nonetheless, despite Myers’ struggles, manager Terry Francona felt that the pitcher was a devoted player.
“He could have gone home any time. We would have never questioned it. But he kept plugging. It just wasn’t coming out to the point where (there was a spot available). We’re going to have some call-ups and if we end up taking some kid off the roster or losing some kid we don’t want to lose, that’s tricky. I didn’t really know how we were going to find the innings to see how he was pitching, you know what I mean? It’s kind of hard.”
Francona also feels that the timing is ideal for Myers, because it still allows the pitcher a few days in order to find other teams rather than wait passively for responses.
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