Jake Myers is trying to get back from AAA

SUGAR LAND – The guy who was supposed to stop the center field carousel in Houston walked out of the Constellation Field main club, grinned and looked relieved. Much of Jake Myers’ 47-game Grand Slam quests seemed not easy. His struggles escalated to an untenable peak at the end of August, when the Astros admitted what many of them watching already knew.

The decision to demote Myers on August 29 came as no surprise. The numbers indicate that it should have happened sooner. Myers’ promise is an obvious part of the Astros’ rationale for giving away two of the sport’s best defensive midfielders on back-to-back deadlines. Since then, his miserable appearance after off-season shoulder surgery has raised questions.

Myers struck 50 times, cutting .209/ .255/ .302 and becoming vulnerable to the dings he bombed before surgery. His defense waned so much that manager Dusty Baker refused to play with him behind the team’s best bowler. Myers’ arm, the same one he sustained while hitting a wall last October, appeared to be a burden.

Circumstances called her wondering if the Astros brought him back from major surgery. On more than one occasion since Myers was sent to the minor leagues, general manager James Click mentioned “reviewing the return to play procedures” to see if the organization missed something that might indicate what happened. Meyer confirmed at the time, and again on Thursday, that he was ready to come back when the Astros activated it on June 24.

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