WASHINGTON (AP) -It's been a quick trip from staff ace to the bullpen for Brett Myers.
In a surprising decision that manager Charlie Manuel hopes will bolster his relief corps, the Philadelphia Phillies moved Myers from the rotation to a setup role in the bullpen Wednesday and put Jon Lieber in the rotation.
Myers, 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in three starts this season, will mostly be used in the seventh or eighth innings. The right-hander also could see work as a closer when Tom Gordon isn't available, Manuel said.
``Myers gives us a bigger arm at the back end of our bullpen,'' Manuel said.
Myers led the Phillies in wins (12), ERA (3.91), starts (31) innings (198) and strikeouts (189) in 2006, then signed a $25.75 million, three-year contract during the offseason
Lieber expressed disappointment when, late in spring training, the Phillies said he'd begin the season as a reliever instead of a starter. He's allowed three runs in 2 1-3 innings this season out of the bullpen.
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