Myers was approached about the switch early in spring training and agreed to it on Monday, MLB.com reported.
“I wouldn’t accept it if I didn’t think I could do it, but it’s going to be a challenge for me because it’s something different,” Myers told MLB.com. “It’s like taking a first baseman and moving him to third. I’m going to have to work a little harder to get my arm in shape to throw 20 or 25 pitches a night. ”
Myers has been a closer before. After starting 2007 as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ Opening Day starter, Myers moved to the bullpen and earned 21 saves in 48 appearances. He returned to the rotation the following season.
While the move could give the Astros a closer, it leaves them needing a fifth starter to replace Myers, who’s gone 21-22 with a 3.27 ERA and thrown 439 2/3 innings over the last two seasons. Livan Hernandez and Zach Duke are expected to compete for Myers’ slot in the rotation.
“We have some candidates and depth with the rotation,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Having an experienced guy (Myers) who’s done it before takes some pressure off of Brandon Lyon and guys like David Carpenter and Wilton Lopez.”
Myers is confident that he can handle the job, he told MLB.com.
“It’s good to kind of start over right now, because I’ve never had the opportunity coming right out of spring training saying I’m going to be a reliever or a closer. I’ve always been a starter,” Myers said, according to the report. “This is going to be letting it go every time I get out there. I think my body should be able to bounce back good enough to complete.”
Astros move Myers from rotation to closer role
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