Rehabbing Myers thrills al fresco diners above Blue Monster
A ball off the bat of Wil Myers catapulted over the Blue Monster in left field Friday and into the outdoor seating area at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, where it almost hit a member of the wait staff.
Later, Myers punctuated the batting practice session Friday afternoon with another shot toward the restaurant, though this time a handful of customers were ready at the railing for a possible catch.
Fans in left field at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park should be aware — Myers is expected to take his swings in a game starting Saturday.
Durham Bulls hitting coach Dave Myers said that the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year didn’t have any setbacks Thursday or Friday, and the Bulls announced late Friday that Wil Myers will serve as the designatd hitter for Saturday's 7:05 p.m. game against Buffalo and RHP P.J. Walters (4-2, 4.56).
Wil Myers declined to comment after Friday’s batting practice session.
Myers is on a rehab assignment with the Bulls after breaking his wrist on May 31. He is expected to get 40 or 50 at-bats before he returns to the major leagues.
Dave Myers said that Wil (no relation) is much further along than he expected.
“He’s only been hitting for a week and coming off an injury like that, I wasn’t sure what kind of bat speed he would have or what kind of swing he would have, or whether he would be tentative or not,” Myers said. “I’ve seen good bat speed and aggressive swings with no hesitation.”
Myers, a Thomasville native, batted .286 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs in 64 games for Durham last season. He made his major league debut in June and hit .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs for the Rays en route to being named the league’s top rookie.
Myers had a .227 average with three home runs in 53 games this season prior to his injury.
The Bulls could use his bat — entering Friday, they had scored only one run in four of their past six games.