The Philadelphia Phillies are all but eliminated from the playoff race and they have a Triple-A pitcher who is 15-1 on the season with a 2.26 ERA on the season, yet they’ve continued to pitch Vance Worley despite bone chips in his elbow.
The team has finally put Worley on the disabled list, and he is set to have surgery soon, which makes it pretty safe to say he has pitched his last innings in 2012.
Worley is just 6-9 with a 4.26 ERA and he’s especially struggled as of late, posting numbers of just a 2-5 record and 5.80 ERA over his last 11 starts. During that span, Worley has averaged just 5.4 innings per start and he’s allowed a .906 OPS to his opponents. Worley went just 4.1 innings last night, allowing nine hits and four earned runs, the fourth time in his last five starts he’s surrendered four or more earned runs.
The Phillies are just 4-7 in Worley’s last 11 starts and he’s been pitching through serious pain in his elbow, which is completely unnecessary when you consider the Phillies have spent most of the season in fourth of fifth place in the NL East. Worley was an impressive 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011 and before dropping off this year with his elbow injury, Worley was 4-4 with a 2.92 ERA and a high strikeout rate (66 K’s in 74 innings pitched) through his first 12 starts before his play dropped off as a direct result of his injury.
Worley is set to enter the 2013 season as the number four starter in the Phillies rotation behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, and that gives the Phillies a phenomenal quartet of starting pitchers.