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Myers could bolster Phillies bullpen

Brett Myers, eyeing a sooner-than-expected recovery from hip surgery, might return to the Philadelphia Phillies as a reliever rather than as a starter.

The benefits could be twofold: Myers would be able to return more quickly as a reliever than as a starter, while the Phillies' injury-depleted bullpen could get some much-needed relief.

"I just felt like for me to get back quicker, it would have to be out of the bullpen," he said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "Who knows? Maybe at some point after throwing a few games out of the bullpen, if I'm stretched out to 75 pitches, we'll see what happens. You never know."

The Phillies are currently without relievers Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey and J.C. Romero. While all are expected to return from the disabled list, the addition of Myers, the team's closer during its 2007 playoff run, could bolster the relief corps.

Thursday, Myers is scheduled to try running to test his hip. He said his goal is to pitch in a big league game within three weeks of that workout, according to the report.

Myers, who had surgery June 4 to repair a torn labrum, was expected to possibly be lost for the season. But Myers said the quick pace of his post-surgery recovery and feedback from his doctors and physical therapists convinced him a 2009 comeback was possible, according to the report.

"[The therapist] basically kept encouraging me. So then I was like, 'I'll show you I can do more.' And he was like, 'I can't believe you're doing this, I can't believe you're doing that, I haven't seen anything like this before,'" Myers said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "He wasn't saying definitely, but after seeing both [the surgeon and therapist] July 1, they said there's no doubt in their mind I could be back at some point mid-to-late August."