CLEVELAND: Brett Myers is waiting to find out when he can throw again.
It might be only a few more days, but the Indians want to make sure his elbow is sound before committing him to rejoining the rotation. To do that, he must complete the entire throwing program, including rehab outings.
But what if he returned as a reliever, a job he has done before?
“We talked about that,” manager Terry Francona said. “We would like him to come back as a starter, but [at some point] we might see if he can handle being a reliever again. As a reliever he wouldn’t have to throw 100 pitches, but we would have to see if he can bounce back.”
Myers was shut down just before making his third rehab start, when his elbow became sore again.
“He was fighting us,” Francona said. “He didn’t want to have to make a third start. But we told him we have five pitchers who are stretched out to 115 pitches, and we want him to go deep in games, too. It ended up that he couldn’t make the rehab start, anyway.”
CHOO ON THIS — Wednesday night was Shin-Soo Choo’s first game at Progressive Field since his trade from the Tribe to the Cincinnati Reds last fall.
“I knew where the visiting clubhouse was,” he said. “But I took a couple of steps past it, toward the home clubhouse, before realizing where I was supposed to go.”
A big reason for the trade was impending free agency. Choo can go to the highest bidder — or most the attractive team — at the end of this season.
“I’m not thinking about that yet,” he said. “That’s too far away right now. I’m here to win a World Series. I think this is a really good opportunity, so I want to take it.”
Choo, who moved from right field to center for the Reds, is off to a fast start, batting .296 with 10 home runs and 20 RBI.
FARM FACTS — T.J. House (1-3, 5.53 ERA) gave up three earned runs (five total) and nine hits in eight innings as Columbus lost to Louisville 5-2 in Class AAA. Cord Phelps had two hits and two RBI.
— Sheldon Ocker