Worley optioned

The Phillies made a rather interesting move following today’s 5-4 win over Washington.

They optioned their 23-year-old starting pitcher Vance Worley back to Lehigh Valley for a little work.

“We’ll see you shortly,” Worley recalled them saying. “You’re a part of this team. You’ll be back.”

It’s a move that will allow Worley to work on his stuff as a starter. After being dropped to the bull pen in Joe Blanton’s first return, Worley struggled in his next two starts.

He was exhausted in a poor outing last week and then was roughed up against the Mets on Sunday. He pitched a total of eight innings with 18 hits and 12 runs, eight earned.

On the season, Worley is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in six appearances, four of which are starts.

The Phillies have an off day on Thursday, which will allow them to skip Worley’s spot in the order.

The Phils will likely call up Scott Mathieson or Mike Zagurski for the next couple days. And when Shane Victorino returns on Friday, one of those pitchers will be sent back down, leaving the bull pen with seven relievers.

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