SAN DIEGO - Scott Eyre said yesterday that he was "more than 90 percent" sure he would retire at the end of this season.
Eyre, 37, is a veteran of 13 major-league seasons and will be a free agent after this year.
In 597 career games before last night, he was 26-30 with a 4.33 earned run average in 632 innings. All but 32 of his appearances were as a reliever.
Eyre was 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this year.
"My wife is probably ready for me to be home," said Eyre, who has two sons, ages 8 and 10. "I've been playing for 13 years, and it's basically all she's ever known. We'll talk about it at the end of the year, but as of now I would say, yeah, I'll retire."
Having played for six teams, Eyre said he could imagine no better end to his career than being part of a world championship. "I'm proud to be a part of this, if it is my last year," he said.
The Phillies sent outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to triple-A Lehigh Valley and brought up Antonio Bastardo, last night's starter. Manager Charlie Manuel said the team likely would continue to carry 13 pitchers rather than replace Mayberry on the bench.. . . Orthopedic surgeon Bryan Kelly will repair the torn labrum (cartilage) in pitcher Brett Myers' right hip tomorrow. Kelly performed Chase Utley's hip surgery last year.