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Evaluating the Ben Revere Trade

(Photo via SI.com)

(Photo via SI.com)

Charlie Manuel wanted a centerfielder who can catch and cover ground, naming Michael Bourn as his first example.

Ruben Amaro got his manager the next best thing, and at a much cheaper price than the supposed $18 million a year Bourn wants.

The Phillies acquired 24-year-old centerfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May.

The trade sent shock waves through the fanbase. “Why would we give up Worley?” “Isn’t May a good prospect?” “Who the hell is Ben Revere? Didn’t he ride a horse?”

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Phillies Acquire OF Ben Revere From Twins; Trade Vance Worley, Trevor May

OF Ben Revere. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OF Ben Revere. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

UPDATE – According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins.

In the deal, the Phillies will be sending starting pitcher Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May to the Twins. Revere will now be the Phillies starting centerfielder.

Worley went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies in a 2012 season that was cut short due to elbow problems. On the other hand, May posted a 10-13 mark with a 4.87 ERA in 28 starts.

Zolecki also tweeted the Phillies are looking to acquire a veteran starting pitcher to fill the hole vacated by Worley.

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According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Phillies are talking to the Minnesota Twins about a possible trade involving outfielder Ben Revere.

Heyman also mentions that the Twins are interested in pitching which is something that the Phillies clearly possess. He mentions Vance Worley as a possibility if a deal happens.

The Phillies are in dire need of a centerfielder and Revere would be a nice fit. In 2012, Revere hit .294 with 32 RBIs and had 40 stolen bases in 124 games for the Twins.

Revere covers a lot of ground in centerfield which is something that the Phillies covet. The 24-year old would provide an instant boost to the top of the lineup and would be a welcome addition.

Injury Update: Polanco, Ruiz, Worley

POLANCO’S SEASON DONE — The 2012 season has come to a close for third baseman Placido Polanco.

The Phillies put Polanco on the 15-day DL with back inflammation, but with it being in September it is easy to think he will stay there for the remainder of the season. This will enable Kevin Frandsen to play every day until the season ends.

Polanco did say he hopes to play again next season. He has an option for $5 million with the Phillies next season, but a $1 million buyout that Ruben Amaro is likely to use.

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Phillies Shut Down Vance Worley For Season

Phillies SP Vance Worley pitches against the Mets on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies have shut down right-handed starting pitcher Vance Worley.

Worley, who had been pitching with a bone chip in his right elbow for the last three months, will have surgery on his right elbow in 7-10 days.

Worley was pulled with one out in the 5th inning of yesterday’s 9-5 loss to the Mets. He had thrown only 60 pitches, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out four.

He has struggled all season, posting a 6-9 record and 4.20 ERA. He averaged less than six innings-per-start as well, throwing 133 innings in 23 starts this season.

Taking Worley’s spot, at least temporarily, is right-hander Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd will start tonight in place of Cole Hamels, who is out with a gastrointestinal illness.

Cloyd could possibly pitch in the rotation the remainder of the season depending on how well the 25-year-old rookie does in his Major League debut tonight.

Schierholtz Stars In Debut; Phils Win

Phillies 3, Nationals 2
WP – Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63)
LP – Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (23)

WASHINGTON — Nate Schierholtz expressed that he was happy to get a fresh start in Philadelphia.

Newly acquired right fielder Nate Schierholtz hits a single in the 3rd inning for the Phillies. He went 2-for-5 with a home run in his Phillies debut. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

If he plays like he did in the Phillies 3-2 win on a regular basis, his leash will be a lot longer than it was in San Francisco.

The win for the Phillies was their second straight, guaranteeing them their first series win against the first place Nationals on the season.

Schierholtz hit a solo home run in the 5th inning that turned into the game-winner. It was his first blast in a Phillies uniform and sixth of the season.

Schierholtz finished the game with two hits while hitting in the two-hole. He also made a nice sliding catch in right field, flashing the leather and the bat all in one game.

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6th Inning Slam Puts Giants Past Worley, Phillies

Giants 7, Phillies 2
WP – Tim Lincecum (4-10, 5.72)
LP – Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82)

PHILADELPHIA — Through five innings Vance Worley was nearly unhittable.

With eight strikeouts and only a run and three hits allowed, Worley began the 6th inning. After loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, Worley gave up a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

After walking the next batter, a grand slam by Brandon Crawford blew the game wide open and it gave the Giants a 6-1 lead. They were the first four of a five-RBI night for Crawford, who went 2-for-4 in the win.

San Francisco went on to win 7-2, riding a tremendous pitching performance from Tim Lincecum.

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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 28-27, 5th in NL East; LAD: 33-21, 1st in NL West

When: June 4-7
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) vs Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.32)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 3.00) vs Chad Billingsley (2-4, 4.09)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) vs Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50)
Thursday: 
Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) vs Aaron Harang (4-3, 3.90)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phils Get Good News On Worley

The Phillies rotation took a hit last week when Roy Halladay went on the DL.

All eyes turned to Vance Worley to get healthy and it looks like the young right-hander will be ready to rejoin the rotation by Monday.

Worley threw a second bullpen session today, and said his session went well. He felt no pain or discomfort in his right elbow, which was diagnosed to have a bone chip in it.

Worley could pitch Monday against the Dodgers, but it’s not official yet whether he will be able to go or if Cliff Lee will take the mound with Worley pitching Tuesday.

Either way, it’ good news and it prevents the Phillies from having to use a spot starter against the Dodgers on Monday or Tuesday with Kyle Kendrick pitching tonight and then slated to pitch Wednesday.

THOME, MARTINEZ UPDATE — Both Jim Thome and Michael Martinez will begin a rehab stint today with the Clearwater Threshers.

Martinez has been out since Spring Training with a broken foot and Thome has been out for over a month with a back injury.

Phillies Could Possibly Worry About Worley

Phillies SP Vance Worley (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

There is one name in all of baseball that is feared when it’s uttered: Dr. James Andrews.

Phillies injured starting pitcher Vance Worley visited Dr. Andrews Monday afternoon, seeking a second opinion on his elbow. UPDATE (via Todd Zolecki): Worley back from 2nd opinion. Said same diagnosis as Phillies doctors. No Tommy John. Will have to pitch rest of year with bone chip.

 Usually when Andrews is involved, it’s because he’s the best doctor in sports, specializing in the Tommy John surgery.

It was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Worley has a small bone chip in his right elbow.

“He has a small body embedded in the lining of his joint,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We don’t think it’s the reason why he had inflammation, but it’s possible. This is something that’s not very uncommon. But it could be the cause of some of the inflammation. We haven’t heard from Andrews.”

Worley originally went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Before the injury, Worley was 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts.

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Phils Place Worley On DL

The Phillies have placed starting pitching Vance Worley on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation and could miss at least three starts.

The move is retroactive to Worley’s last start on May 12, which means he could come back on May 27. Joe Savery was recalled from Lehigh.

Worley told reporters yesterday that he would be scratched from his start and would not travel with the team to Chicago for the Phillies’ two-game series against the Cubs. Kyle Kendrick will start tonight.

UPDATE: The Phillies released an update on Worley.

After examining his elbow, there was no structural damage to Worley. ” No flexor pronator, no UCL, none of those bad words. Phillies encouraged,” Matt Gelb tweeted.

It’s inflammation in the posterior joint of Worley’s elbow. He had an ultrasound Monday and MRI Wednesday,” Gelb continued in another tweet.

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