Two-inning stint helps Myers regain 'feel'

Two-inning stint helps Myers regain 'feel'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Considering this year is the first time in his career that Brett Myers has worked out of the bullpen during Spring Training, it's taken him some time to adjust to the schedule and uncertainty of never quite knowing when he's going to get into a game.

Myers worked two scoreless innings in Saturday's 6-3 Astros loss to the Yankees, allowing one hit in his second consecutive strong outing of Grapefruit League play. He threw only one inning in each of his five previous spring outings.

"I did two innings today to make sure all my pitches were working and getting the feel," Myers said. "It's getting there. It's just trying to get into a rhythm. If they give you an inning you're going to throw, something in the game might not allow it to work out that way, so it's kind of tough to figure out when you're going to get up there sometimes.

"When the season starts, everybody will get a feel for where we're going to end up. As the game dictates what's going on, it's easier to prepare. But in these Spring Training games, you never know."

Myers was working on arm strength early in the spring with a steady diet of fastballs, but he's slowly opened his toolbox and mixed in more offspeed stuff. Myers' velocity is also on the rise. On Saturday, he was touching 91-92 mph, which is a tick higher than his average velocity as a starter over the last two years with Houston.

"The last couple of outings, I felt like I was letting the ball go pretty good," Myers said. "I know where the fastball is going to be, but it's the other stuff I have to get comfortable with. I haven't been on the mound as much as I have in the past with starting, so you have to go up there and get a feel for your stuff in games. That's the tough part right now. That's why I wanted to go two innings today and one more time, to make sure everything's in great shape."

Astros manager Brad Mills said that Myers will pitch on back-to-back days twice before the end of spring camp, but not before Wednesday.