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Yankees promote Brower, designate Myers for assignment

08/06/2007 4:11 PM ET
By The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — The New York Yankees promoted pitcher Jim Brower from the minors before Monday's game against the Blue Jays and designated left-hander Mike Myers for assignment.

Brower, a 34-year-old right-hander, was 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 20 saves in 35 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"We're always looking to try to help our bullpen and Jim has been pitching very well at Scranton," manager Joe Torre said.

The Yankees have 10 days to trade Myers, release him or send him to the minor leagues. Myers was informed of the decision following Sunday's 8-5 victory over Kansas City and did not make the trip to Toronto. Brower joined the team in Toronto and was in the bullpen Monday.

Myers, 38, was 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 55 games for New York this season. He pitched one inning Sunday, allowing one run on two hits. He had been struggling against left-handed batters, who hit .312 against him this season.

"The inability to consistently get left-handers out was a big part in making this decision," Torre said.

Brower began the season in the Pittsburgh organization but was released in April and signed with the Yankees as a minor league free agent in early May. The Yankees purchased his contract from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"He can pitch multiple innings, he can pitch three days in a row," Torre said. "He gives us durability."

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