The Philadelphia Phillies activated pitcher Vance Worley from the 15-day disabled list in time for his Monday night start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Phillies sent catcher Erik Kratz down to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Worley has been having another strong season after his promising rookie campaign of 2011 in which he finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting. Worley is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts, and he has excellent numbers to support his fine ERA, particularly his 9.2 strikeout rate. Worley’s final start before visiting the DL was against the San Diego Padres. He pitched six innings, allowing three runs and striking out nine in that game before elbow problems put him on the DL.
Worley was the second of the Phillies’ starting pitchers to hit the disabled list this season, but with Roy Halladay now on the DL, three-fifths of the rotation has spent time on the injury list in 2012. Worley will start for the Phillies tonight against the Dodgers, as he squares off against reigning Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw in a matchup that will be televised on ESPN.
Kratz was mainly seeing action as a pinch-hitter, given that Carlos Ruiz has been tearing it up as the main catcher and Brian Schneider is a more than capable backup who has been providing a near-.300 batting average with the bat as well. Kratz is 1-for-4 this season, including his first major league home run.