The Philadelphia Phillies have placed pitcher Vance Worley on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Worley was initially scheduled to start tonight against the Chicago Cubs but Kyle Kendrick took his place.
Worley’s DL stint is retroactive to May 12, and the Phillies have recalled left-handed relief pitcher Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Worley is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA this season, and he has been playing just as well as he did in his impressive 2011 rookie campaign. Worley is averaging 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, his walk rate is at 3.1 just like last year, and he has thrown quality starts in five of his seven outings.
Fortunately for the Phillies, Worley won’t miss more than two or three starts but the bad news is that Kendrick has been a major disappointment in his spot starts. He is 0-3 with a 7.32 ERA in eight appearances, three of which have been starts, and he is allowing an awful 14.2 hits per nine innings with a 4.1 walk rate per nine innings. Kendrick strikes out among the fewest total sin the National League, and he really hasn’t turned in the kind of performance the team hoped from him when they inked him to a two-year, $7.5 million contract prior to the season.
Kendrick’s start tonight will be against the Cubs, his fourth such start of the 2012 season. His last appearance came on May 9 against the New York Mets, when he let up four hits, two walks, and five earned runs in a single inning of work.