Sep 042010

Phillies pitching prospect Vance Worley

September 4 Philadelphia Inquirer

“Before Friday’s game, Charlie Manuel said the team had not decided on a second starter for Monday’s doubleheader against Florida.

“We don’t know exactly who it is yet,” he said.

But hours later, a giant hint was dropped. Righthander Vance Worley started for triple-A Lehigh Valley and was removed after a scoreless first inning. A Phillies official said he was not injured.

That means Worley, 23, will likely be the guy Monday. In 27 starts between triple A and double A, Worley has a 3.36 ERA. He was a third-round pick in the 2008 draft.

Worley pitched one inning for the Phillies earlier this season during a brief call-up. He struck out two Rockies on July 24.

Roy Oswalt will start the other game of the doubleheader – exactly which one is yet to be decided.

Lefty depth

If anything, following two roster moves Friday, Manuel now has increased flexibility on his bench. That doesn’t exactly bode well for the “Free Domonic Brown ” campaign.

The Phillies added two lefthanded batters to their bench. Ross Gload was activated from the disabled list and Greg Dobbs ‘ contract was purchased from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brown, the Phillies‘ top prospect, has been Manuel’s top lefthanded bat off the bench since Gload went on the DL with a right groin strain Aug. 21. In that time, Brown had 11 at-bats (and two hits) in 13 games.

Before Gload was injured, he was hitting well. In 11 August games, Gload was 8 for 29 (.276) with two home runs and seven RBIs. As a pinch-hitter in 2010, Gload is batting .231 (12 for 52) with three home runs. His 12 pinch-hits are tied for third in the league.

“We have three guys to choose from,” Manuel said. “That makes us better.””

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