After throwing five innings of three-run ball to lower his ERA to 8.02 on Friday, Cleveland Indians starting pitching Brett Myers admitted to experiencing soreness in his right forearm since spring training.
Signed on a one-year contract in the offseason, Myers has taken the loss in three of his first four starts, allowing seven runs in each of his first two and 10 home runs overall.
His average fastball velocity has dropped from 91.6 last season to 88.4 this season, according to Fangraphs, an issue that Myers linked to the soreness.
The 32-year-old right-hander spent last season in the bullpen with the Astros and White Sox during his first full year as a reliever.
"My velocity dropped, and I'm not sure why," said Myers. "It just happened. They came out to see if I was all right."The Indians' 5.33 starters ERA ranks 27th in the major leagues, resulting in a 5-10 record for the last place spot in the AL Central.
"Home runs stink unless we hit them," said Myers. "I've been a fly-ball pitcher my whole career. I've given up homers, but never at this rate. I've got to get the ball down and make better pitches."