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Brett Myers may switch to bullpen after elbow setback

May 30, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Cleveland signed Brett Myers as a starter this offseason after the right-hander spent last season as a full-time reliever and now he might be moving back to the bullpen. Whenever he gets healthy, that is.

Myers is on the disabled list with an elbow injury and recently had to put his minor-league rehab assignment on hold following a setback.

Terry Francona told Mark Emery of MLB.com that the Indians still view Myers as a starter, but added: “I guess if it ever got to the point where we thought he could handle being a reliever, maybe that’s something we would look at, just out of common sense.”

Pitching one inning at a time might help Myers stay healthy, but beyond that he was getting knocked around as a starter before being shut down. Myers has had success in both roles during his career, shifting pretty seamlessly back and forth, so it may simply come down to how confident the Indians feel in Scott Kazmir and Corey Kluber.

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