Myers ahead of schedule with hip

Myers ahead of schedule with hip

PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers has a bruise that matches nearly every color of the rainbow on his right hip. It looks nasty, with three bandages covering his stitches.

But he said it feels better than it looks. Myers, who had surgery on his right hip June 4, was walking without crutches at Citizens Bank Park on Friday when doctors had told him he would not be walking until 10 to 14 days after surgery.

In other words, Myers is ahead of schedule.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. ruled out Myers rejoining the team before the end of the season. The original timetable for Myers to begin a long toss program was early September, which means it would take a miracle to get him pitching effectively enough where he could help the Phillies in what is expected to be another pennant race.

"It's not getting your hopes up because you don't know," Myers said. "There could be a setback to where it could take an extra two weeks. It could take an extra month. That's a fair statement to make. But if I can come back quicker and I'm able to pitch again this year, it'll be hopefully good for me to get back out there to help the team."

Myers, who is a free agent after the season, would love to come back earlier than anticipated and prove he can pitch healthy, rather than enter the offseason with that unknown hanging over him.

"Realistically, I think I can possibly be back by September," Myers said. "As of right now, the way I'm starting to feel, barring any setbacks. You've just got to do what your body will tell you to do."

It has not been easy for Myers to watch games from home. He is one of the more energetic players in the clubhouse.

"I didn't realize how into the games I got watching them on TV," he said. "I thought I was into it more when I was actually here. But it's a little worse when I'm at home, because I can actually scream at the TV. It's pretty pathetic. People won't watch the games with me because I can actually see if an umpire misses a call or something. I'm going, 'You missed it!' And I can't even call anybody to tell them, 'Hey, he missed that call.'"

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.