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Vance Worley will keep pitching through bone chip in elbow

Aug 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Vance Worley will eventually need surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow, but the Phillies right-hander is putting it off until the season is over and continues to pitch through the discomfort.

Problem is, he’s not actually pitching very well.

Worley had a 2.92 ERA and 2.6 strikeouts per walk through the end of June, but in eight starts since then he has a 5.73 ERA and 1.8 strikeouts per walk.

However, according to Todd Zolecki of “he maintains the injury is not a factor in his recent struggles” and “the Phillies said there has been no discussion” about shutting him down early to undergo the relatively minor surgery now.

  1. greymares - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    get the thing fixed now and bring up Tyler Cloyd (who won again last night.)

    • deepstblu - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Cloyd supposedly is one of those guys who wins despite not having great stuff, and the Phillies’ management doesn’t seem to have much faith in overachievers anymore, at least not ones who are under 30 and haven’t been let go by three other organizations.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        To me, as long as he eats innings it’s all good.

  2. juanquixote - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I could understand this if the Phils were in a pennant race. Might as well get it fixed and head into next season healthy.

  3. 12strikes - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Good thing that Mike Rizzo is not the Phillies GM, Vance would be shut down till 2015

    • madhatternalice - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      This must be some of that elusive Phillies humor I keep hearing so much about. 😉

      • 12strikes - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        Actually its that elusive (i.e. makes no sense) Mike Rizzo humor we keep reading about.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    What’s the point of pitching through discomfort? It can’t possibly be fun. Do they seriously NOT want to spend an option on a minor leaguer?

  5. cleverbob - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Pitching through an injury to close out a meaningless season and potentially jeopardize starting the following season healthy? Makes total sense.

  6. hisgirlgotburrelled - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Fine, pitch through July and August. But come September call-ups he had better be shut down if surgery is necessary and the recovery time is longer than a week.

  7. ackid47 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I say shut worley done for the year so he will be ready for next year.Very good pitcher and means a great deal to this club.Bring up Tyler Cloyd and see what hes got.This year is over for the phitins let the kids prove what they got for the month…i mean really,sit Howard,Chase,Rollins,Doc and Lee and Vanimal.Use um if they need um.lets see what the kids bring.and the fans will love it,the attendance record went south cause the team pooped the bed………now its time to put up or shut up for the young guys,just maybe we find a gem like Vance.

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