07/22/12 7:00 PM ET
Myers happy to join a contender
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"I got in like 4:15 [a.m. ET]," said Myers, speaking to the media following the White Sox 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday. "It's part of the game. I got in, got a little sleep and was ready to throw today."
Myers warmed up as the White Sox were hitting against Detroit's Joaquin Benoit in the ninth inning. The right-hander was ready to enter the contest if the White Sox managed to rally for a tie or even take the lead, although manager Robin Ventura made it clear on Saturday evening and once again before Sunday's loss that rookie Addison Reed and his 15 saves will stay at closer.
Having a late-inning option such as Myers, 31, who recorded 19 saves for the Astros, further shortens the game for a White Sox starting rotation getting healthier by the day and fighting toward a playoff spot.
"Whenever they call my number, I'll be ready. It doesn't matter," Myers said. "That's what I'm here for."
The White Sox trade for Myers took place on Saturday afternoon, with Houston picking up Minor League hurlers Matthew Heidenreich and Blair Walters and sending along cash considerations to take care of much of what is owed to Myers from the $11 million he's due this season. Myers has an option for 2013 that vests at $10 million if he finishes 45 games in 2012.
Currently, Myers has finished 29 games but will be used in the same sort of setup role as Jesse Crain, joining Matt Thornton pitching in front of Reed. Myers had no idea that the Astros would trade him, but was pleased to go from the bottom of the National League Central to near the top of the American League Central.
"It's huge to come to a winning team. That's what you play for, to win games," Myers said. "They have a young team over [in Houston], they have a ways to go. Hopefully, those young guys can learn and gain experience and be good one day.
"I was excited when I got the call. A little flustered at first because everything was going so fast, but that's normal with getting traded. It all worked out. I made it here and I'm happy to be here."