Myers to start Wednesday at Shea

Myers to start Wednesday at Shea

MIAMI -- Manager Charlie Manuel confirmed on Sunday what had been assumed for two days: Right-hander Brett Myers will make his return to the Phillies' rotation on Wednesday.

The right-hander will start the second game of a three-game series against the Mets at Shea Stadium. He'll follow Joe Blanton, who will make his Phillies debut on Tuesday.

"Myers [will go on] Wednesday," Manuel said. "Big right-hander."

Myers was optioned to the Minor Leagues on July 1 to rediscover his fastball and "swagger," which he feels he's accomplished. He made four starts at three levels, allowing him to work out his issues in an environment with less pressure.

Starting against the Mets will be a different matter.

"I can't think of a better team for me to come back against," Myers said on Saturday. "I don't like them. We're not supposed to like them. Nothing against the guys on the team -- they're our rivals. We like beating them; they like beating us."

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