Phillies Keep Their Options Open For Monday

(Photo: Philly Baseball News)

Vance Worley pitched just one inning for Lehigh Valley Friday night, but it wasn't because he was getting hit hard. Worley exited after throwing 14 pitches as a tune-up for a start in Game Two of Monday's double-header with the Florida Marlins.

"I don't know anything. I threw one inning and I came out and got a handshake," said Worley after his abbreviated start Friday night.

If Worley was surprised, IronPigs manager Dave Huppert wasn't. The Phillies told him to cut Worley's outing short last week, but wanted to play things close to the vest. "We knew about this last week," announced Huppert after the fact. "They're considering him as one of the options for Monday."

The fact that Worley is just one of the options would give pitchers Nate Robertson and Drew Carpenter some remaining hope for getting Monday's start against Florida. Robertson is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley Sunday and Carpenter is scheduled as the starter for the season finale on Monday. Either could be put into a start on Monday for the Phillies, although Robertson would have to be added to the 40 man roster, which would require a move to clear a spot.

With his short outing, Worley will also be available to pitch Monday. "Absolutely. If I was told I was going to start that day, I would be able to do it. Today was basically just a bullpen was what they told me," said a somber Worley.

Worley was up with the Phillies for a short stint this season, actually making his major league debut before making his Triple-A debut. Worley threw a perfect inning in relief for the Phillies on July 24 after having his contract purchased by the Phillies while he was with Double-A Reading.

Between Reading and Lehigh Valley, Worley was a combined 10-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 starts, including one complete game shutout with Reading.


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