New Sox reliever Myers just wants ball
July, 23, 2012
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com
New Chicago White Sox setup man Brett Myers is ready to help his ball club in any way that he can.
David Banks/Getty ImagesBrett Myers made his White Sox debut in Monday's win.
“I don’t know [how I will be used],” Myers said. “I like pitching so just give me the ball. It really doesn’t matter what role I am in.”
The veteran right-hander was converted to a closer in 2011 and was 19 for 21 in save opportunities with the Houston Astros before Saturday’s trade. For now he will join Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain in setting up the save for closer Addison Reed.
“I like working every day and like getting out there, doing my job,” Myers said. “If we are going to win a game I want to be on the mound.”
Sox manager Robin Ventura now has the luxury of having the three experienced pitchers to augment the four rookies in the bullpen that includes Reed.
“Reed is going to stay as the closer and you fill in around that,” Ventura said about his evolving bullpen. “Whatever situation you need them to come in, depending on how the lineup is set up, that’s who you go with.”
Myers likes the veteran and rookie mix.
“These guys are coming out and doing the job and seem very confident in their stuff,” Myers said. “Just talking to them yesterday, they really seem like they have their feet on the ground and are ready to win some ball games.”