Philadelphia Phillies Shut Down Starting Pitcher Vance Worley for the Season

By Bryn Swartz

The Philadelphia Phillies have finally made the move they should have made about a month ago, shutting down starting pitcher Vance Worley for the remainder of the season.

Officially, Worley was placed on the disabled list. He will have surgery in the next seven to ten days, the Phillies announced.

The 24-year old has been pitching with loose bodies in his right elbow since May but won’t use it as an excuse for his poor pitching recently (even though we all know that it’s exactly why he has been struggling). He has recorded a 5.80 earned run average in 11 starts since the beginning of July, and he’s pitched just two quality starts in his last eight outings.

The final straw came on Tuesday night when Worley blew a 4-1 lead and allowed nine hits and four earned runs in 4.1 innings. He threw just 60 pitches during the game.

Overall this season, Worley has a 6-9 record in 23 starts with a 4.20 earned run average. He has pitched in 133 innings, allowing 154 hits and 47 walks, and striking out 107.

Last season, Worley emerged as a big surprise pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He won 11 of 14 decisions with a 3.01 earned run average. He also struck out 119 in 131.2 innings. Worley’s impressive season earned him a third place finish in the National league Rookie of the Year award.

Worley will likely be replaced in the pitching rotation by rookie Tyler Cloyd, the team’s top pitching prospect who has excelled in Triple-A. Expect Worley to return fully healthy next season, where he will likely begin the season as the team’s fourth starter, behind aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.

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