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Despite good spring, Phillies send top pitching prospect to minors

Brett Myers' bid to go from Double A to the Phillies' starting rotation ended Saturday.

Myers, 21, the organization's top pitching prospect, was reassigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after showing the Phillies he's a lot closer thanexpected. In four games, Myers was 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 17 innings.

"I told Brett to go down, work hard, have the same attitude, same work ethic and he'll be in the big leagues before he knows it," manager Larry Bowa said. "He's a legitimate No. 1 in a rotation if he continues to progress."

The Phillies also reassigned pitcher Amaury Telemaco to the minor-league camp and sold the contract of outfielder Felipe Crespo to the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League.

With 33 players in camp, the Phillies must make eight more cuts.

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