CHICAGO -- When Brett Myers closed out Tuesday's 7-3 victory over the Yankees, it marked the seventh game the right-hander has finished with the White Sox and the 36th game he's finished overall this season. Myers' contract contains a $10 million option that vests for 2013 if he finishes 45 games, changed before the season by the Astros to reflect his shift to the closer's role from starting.
That option, though, won't affect how the White Sox decide to use the hard-nosed veteran down the stretch. If pitching Myers at the end of games is what the White Sox need to do to reach the playoffs, that's the plan they will employ.
"We are bringing Brett in when we need him to come in," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "I really haven't spoken about that to anybody. I'm glad we got him, and he'll pitch when we feel he needs to pitch, regardless of what else is going on with contracts."
Myers has a 2.93 ERA over 18 games with the White Sox, including four holds. Fifteen of his outings have been scoreless, as Myers helps solidify a young relief crew behind Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain.
"He's a great addition; that's all I know," Cooper said. "He has been good since we've gotten him."