Shortly following Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros, the Akron Beacon Journal‘s Sheldon Ocker had the first report on a particular ailment that has been bugging Cleveland Indians starter Brett Myers, but maybe not significantly on the mound.
During the last frame of Myers’ 5-inning start that actually only included 76 pitches, Cleveland manager Terry Francona, pitching coach Mickey Callaway and trainer Lonnie Soloff went to the mound to chat with the pitcher.
Per Ocker, Francona had noted that Myers’ velocity was way down compared to normal, and he wanted to ensure that nothing was physically amiss with his $7 million starter.
According to Ocker’s reporting and the mouth of Myers after the game, the pitcher has actually been dealing with a flexor (right forearm) tendinitis issue since the spring. But that injury “has no affect on the way he is performing,” Ocker wrote.
“I’ve been feeling some tendinitis in my flexor tendon,” Myers said. “When they came out, they wanted to check, because my velocity was down. But I don’t feel anything, and you still have to go out and compete.”
Myers has been receiving treatment for his condition thus far, according to the report.
Overall, the 32-year-old who pitched for the Astros in 2011 and part of 2012 is now 0-3 with a 8.02 ERA in four games this season. He has allowed 10 home runs in only 21.1 innings pitched, by far the most in the majors, including two in Houston’s three-run second inning on Friday.