According to Brian McTaggart of the Houston Astros' official site, former closer Brandon Lyon was not surprised to hear that Brett Myers has been moved into the closer role. Lyon is recovering from major arm surgery to reattach his right biceps tendon and repair a tear in his labrum and is also heading into the final year on a three-year, $15 million contract. Not only was he not surprised to hear the news, he's hoping for the best for Myers and he thinks the team's new closer can excel in his new role.
"I think he'll do just fine," Lyon said. "He definitely has the mentality to be in the bullpen. If he has a bad game or makes a bad pitch, he's going to make a quick adjustment. He's good at that and has been doing that for years, whether it's in the bullpen or the rotation. I'm excited to see him go out there with more adrenaline, more intensity coming out of the bullpen."
Lyons knows that he can help the team win ballgames as long as he's healthy. It's currently unclear as to what his actual role with the team will be this season, but Lyon isn't worried about that right now. He's just focusing on getting, and staying, healthy.
"The main thing for me is getting myself healthy, and we'll figure all that stuff later," said Lyon, when asked about his role. "I'm not going to go in there and say, 'I want this role.' It's a matter of just basically getting going and seeing where I'm at. I know I can help this ballclub win games. If I'm healthy, everything is going to play out."