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Twins demote Opening Day starter Vance Worley to Triple-A

May 22, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Vance Worley AP

It’s not often that you see an Opening Day starter sent to the minors, let alone demoted less than two months into the season, but that’s exactly what the Twins just did with Vance Worley.

Worley got knocked around for eight runs in 3.2 innings against the Braves today, falling to 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA overall this season. And now the 25-year-old right-hander is headed back to Triple-A, where he last pitched in 2011, and Minnesota makes another change to what has been an absolutely brutal rotation for two years running.

Worley, who was acquired along with prospect Trevor May from the Phillies for Ben Revere this offseason, posted a 3.50 ERA in 278 innings for Philadelphia.

  1. albertmn - May 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Had to be done. The last turn through the rotation the starters averaged less than 4 innings each. They are going to eat up the bullpen at this pace. The rotation as a whole had not been horrible to start the season, but had trailed off lately. Hopefully, the Vanimal goes down, gets straightened out and comes back strong. We’ll see who they call up this time to take his place.

  2. mikedi33 - May 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I think the Phils would reverse the trade in a heartbeat. Revere has been as bad for the phillies.

    • biasedhomer - May 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Revere looks to be turning it around, they would not reverse the trade at all, let alone in a heartbeat.

    • tuberippin - May 22, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Naw. They flipped the Vanimal at the right time, just like they did with JA Happ before him.

      Worley can still be useful, but he’s a mess right now. That entire rotation is in shambles. They’re just waiting on the second half of the season to call up some of their young prospects. They just called up Samuel Denudo; next will be Kyle Gibson and JO Berrios. Perhaps Trevor May gets the call-up as well. That would push Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, and Brian Duensing out of the rotation along with Worley.

      I would imagine they’re gunning for an end-of-2013 rotation of Trevor May, Kyle Gibson, JO Berrios, Vance Worley, and Samuel Denudo. Perhaps one will get a longer period in the minors and Scott Diamond will stick around.

      • albertmn - May 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        It’s Deduno, not Denudo.

        Duensing isn’t even in the rotation this year, so he can’t be pushed out of the rotation. He is in the bullpen where he belongs.

        I think it unlikely that May gets a call up this year, just a September callup at most.

      • tuberippin - May 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Who is in the fifth spot then? de Vries? Hendriks?

      • dlambrecht - May 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Berrios is a 19 year old kid in low A-ball at Cedar Rapids Iowa. He’s doing well against left handed hitters, but right handers are lighting him up reasonably well. Not sure there’s any thought of him spending any time in the MLB rotation this season (or next, most likely).

        I’m going down there this weekend and hope to see him pitch. He’s a bright prospect, but simply nowhere near MLB ready. Nor are the Twins contemplating that at this point in his career.

        http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=621244

      • tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        Ah. I could’ve sworn Berrios was a little older and in AA. Memory loss on that one, my bad. I know Gibson and *Deduno* are the closest to the majors (obviously, with the latter just getting called up) but I thought they had a couple guys in the pipeline that were a little further along.

        And yes, I only know Liam Hendriks and Cole de Vries because they have struggled when they have started in the past. However, right now the Twins are lacking in established options, so they’ll probably roll with one of the two of them.

      • dlambrecht - May 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Oh, and fifth spot we’ll know very soon. Possibly Gibson, Walters, DeVries (though he’s really struggling), or Hendriks (also struggling).

  3. rgledz - May 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Anybody who thinks the Twins are going to bring up a 19 year old A ball pitching prospect doesn’t know the Twins very well. Check back on that in about 5-6 years. He’ll be just about ready to come up then. Gibson will be up mid to late June I would guess and hopefully Vanimal works things out in Rochester. If he can, slot him in with Gibson, Diamond, Deduno and name your 5th starter. Not a great rotation, but less embarrassing than what we’re trotting out now.

    • Cris E - May 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Kevin Correia is on a two year deal and will keep one of those slots, and Deduno is going to have to show some command of his fastball to hold a spot. His career has shown a lot more trouble than success with holding the walks down. Mike Pelfrey is in a similar spot, trying to get his control back after surgery.

      This was always going to be a lost year for the Twins, especially in the rotation. They just gathered up a busload of guys and will sift through them until some of the kids ripen. Gibson is the first, but because he’s been mixing in clinkers between excellent starts they’re going to be able to sit on him until the super two date passes. He really hasn’t forced their hand yet the way Worley and Hernandez have.

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