Brett Myers saw an opthamologist today in Clearwater and has been cleared to resume throwing. The Phillies are hopeful that he will be able to throw off the mound sometime in the middle of this week, which suggests he could make his first rehab start at some point next weekend.

Myers was originally scheduled to pitch one inning for Class A Clearwater on Saturday, but a badly swollen eye scratched the start. Myers initially told the Phillies that the black eye came as a result of playing catch with his son, but later changed his story to say that he tripped and fell while exiting one of his family's trucks Friday night, smashing the eye and causing it to swell shut.

Myers, who is optimistic that he will recover from May hip surgery in time to contribute as a reliever in September and October, told the Phillies' official web site Saturday that he initially lied to the team because he was embarassed about the circumstances surrounding the injury.

Myers told that alcohol was not a factor in the injury.

Myers had spent the evening with a small group of people at Shannon's Irish Pub in Jacksonville, according to two people who were at the restaurant that night. While Myers was there, a fight broke out in another room involving one of Myers' friends, the manager on duty told the Daily News yesterday. But the manager, Jeremy Reed, said Myers was not involved in the altercation at all and that he looked perfectly healthy when he left the restaurant.

Myers and his group were at the restaurant until at least 12:30 a.m., according to one fellow patron.

"He was not in the fight," Reed said. "He wasn't even in the room. It was one of those friends. Other than that, he had no connection."

Reed said he personally served Myers three draft beers, but did not know if Myers had ordered any drinks from the other bartenders who were on duty.

Myers' agent, Craig Landis, did not immediately return a phone message left by the Daily News.