Sep 062010

Phillies pitching prospect Vance Worley

September 6 Philadelphia Inquirer

Vance Worley will make his first major-league start Monday afternoon in the first game of the Phillies‘ day-night doubleheader against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Given the way Kyle Kendrick has struggled, Worley could make his second major-league start later this week if he performs well enough against the Marlins.

Kendrick, 2-4 with a 7.04 ERA in his last six starts, said he could not worry about his spot in the rotation, which he briefly lost this season after a poor start at St. Louis.

“That’s out of my control,” Kendrick said Sunday after allowing five runs and seven hits in the Phillies‘ 6-2 loss to Milwaukee. “Yeah, I’ve been pitching bad, but I pitched good in the beginning of the year. That stuff is out of my control. I just have to go out there and get guys out.”

Worley, a third-round draft choice in 2008, opened this season at double-A Reading, where he went 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts. After pitching a scoreless ninth inning against Colorado in his major-league debut July 24, he was sent to triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he went 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA in eight starts.

“We had a couple options, and he’s been up here and [the Marlins] haven’t seen him,” manager Charlie Manuel said when asked about pitching Worley in the first game of the doubleheader.

Manuel did not rule out that Kendrick’s job could be in jeopardy.

“I haven’t talked about that at all” with pitching coach Rich Dubee, Manuel said. “As we go down this month, we’ll definitely start talking about our rotation. When we start getting some days off, we’ll kind of see where we are at.”

Worley, who will be added to the roster Monday with Lehigh Valley lefthander Nate Robertson, was not available for comment after the Phillies announced his Monday start.”

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