Mills instrumental in Myers going to Cleveland
Former Astros pitcher Brett Myers passed his physical and officially became a member of the Cleveland Indians on Friday, reuniting him with former Astros manager Brad Mills. In fact, Myers told MLB.com on Friday that Mills was a big reason he was able to sign with the Indians.
Mills managed the Astros from the start of the 2010 season until Aug. 18 of last year when he was let go. He will be the Indians’ third-base coach this season, reuniting him with close friend Terry Francona. Mills was Francona’s bench coach for six years in Boston.
Myers said Mills called him about two weeks ago to gauge his interest in joining the starting rotation.
“He asked me where my head was and I told him I was ready,” Myers said. “I told him I was willing to start and he said they could use me here. The next thing you know they called my agent and it was like, ‘Hey, let’s work something out.’ Millsie was a big part of me getting over there.”
Myers also was recruited by Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, who caught him for half a season with the Astros in 2010.
“He called me about 2 ½ months ago and talked to me about it, and it all fell into place,” he said.
The idea of returning to the rotation after pitching in the bullpen for the Astros and the White Sox last year was appealing. He said his arm is in good shape.
“I came off hip surgery in ’09 [with Philadelphia] and only threw like 70 innings that year and then went out and threw 224 innings for Houston [in ’10],” Myers said. “Hopefully I can repeat that performance again. I have Cash here and he’s going to help me out with all the reports and stuff like that.”