Notes: Myers to rejoin club out west

Notes: Myers to rejoin club out west

PHILADELPHIA -- After 2 1/2 weeks of family counseling, pitcher Brett Myers is scheduled to rejoin the Phillies in San Francisco.

When he'll pitch is another matter.

"We'll make a decision probably Thursday or Friday," manager Charlie Manuel said.

With Jon Lieber and Cory Lidle scheduled to start the first two games after the All-Star break, and Cole Hamels on for the first game of the San Diego series, that leaves either Ryan Madson or Myers for Sunday at AT&T Park.

Myers is expected to arrive in the Bay Area on Friday. He was arrested on June 23 and charged with domestic assault for allegedly striking his wife, Kim. He left the team four days later, and has taken part in professional counseling sessions as part of the Phillies' Employee Assistance Program.

The right-hander has been playing catch near his home in Jacksonville, Fla., and in Clearwater, Fla.

Coste hoping to stick in bigs: Chris Coste started his Major League career 0-for-13, and reached first base only because he got hit by a pitch. The rookie catcher been hitting a lot of pitches since, having gone 12-for-27 (.444) in a part-time role entering Sunday's game.

"I just needed that first hit to fall and get the monkey off my back," Coste said. "Once that happened, things felt a lot easier up there."

The monkey has left Coste alone, as the 33-year-old is establishing himself as a Major Leaguer. He's been receiving an added bonus in that he's getting to catch due to injuries to Mike Lieberthal and Sal Fasano and the inexperience of rookie Carlos Ruiz. The uncertainty of that situation prompted the Phillies to keep three catchers.

Lieberthal is expected to come off the disabled list after the All-Star break, meaning someone will be optioned to the Minors. Coste knows he's not secure, but his ability to make contact has been noticed by his manager.

"His bat shows up when you look at the rest of our catchers," Manuel said. "I like the way he hits and throws."

"I always had an idea that once I got up here, I could do well enough to stay," said Coste. "I had a Minor League manager tell me that you can get to the big leagues, but it takes a real man to stay in the big leagues. That's what my goal was, to hang around for a while. Hopefully, I'll be here for the next five or six years."

Italy all the way: Fasano and David Dellucci's last names made it easy to determine which team they were pulling for in Sunday's World Cup final between Italy and France, won by Italy on penalty kicks.

"I have to pull for the motherland," Dellucci said. "You have to."

Of the two, Fasano is the true soccer fan, having secured a jersey of Italian coach Marcello Lippi, and has started many conversations of the World Cup with teammates. He's gone to Italy before, but hasn't seen a game there.

"I'd like to go, see all the stadiums," Fasano said. "To me, Italy is the premier soccer league."

Dellucci, on the other hand, doesn't consider himself a soccer fan, but started watching it because of Italy.

"I was raised on American football," Dellucci said. "You watch each play for a thunderous hit or a touchdown. Soccer isn't that exciting to me, but it's amazing how they run for that long. I couldn't last any time on the soccer field. After [the final], I probably won't think about it for another four years or so."

To which Fasano replied, "He's from Louisiana. It's a little different Italian community than Chicago [where's Fasano is from]."

Philling in: Left-hander Randy Wolf threw a bullpen session on Saturday in preparation for his start on Tuesday for Class A Lakewood, restarting the clock on his rehabilitation assignment. He will probably throw about 55 pitches. Barring any setbacks, Wolf could make two or three more starts before rejoining the rotation, possibly on July 26. ... Catcher Mike Lieberthal went 3-for-4 in a rehabilitation game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Phils prospect Gio Gonzalez tossed a scoreless inning for the U.S. team in the annual XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. Fellow prospect Carlos Carrasco, pitching for the World squad, allowed two hits in one-third of an inning.

Coming up: Lieber, who gets the nod in the series opener on Friday at 10:15 p.m. ET against the Giants, returned from the disabled list on Friday and tossed his finest outing of the season against the Pirates. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits in seven innings.

Lieber pitched against the Giants earlier this season, and served up Barry Bonds' 713th career home run off the McDonald's sign in right field at Citizens Bank Park.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.