Worley has thrown 13 scoreless innings in two starts since the Phillies sent him back to Triple A Lehigh Valley on May 31. He is scheduled to start for the IronPigs tonight, which would put him in line to start on normal rest on Saturday.
Worley started four games for the Phillies this season. He pitched well in his first two, holding the Mets and Nationals to one run in 12 innings with six hits, 12 strikeouts and four walks. But after a 3-week stint in the bullpen, Worley struggled in starts against the Reds and Mets, allowing 11 runs in eight innings with 18 hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
Before yesterday, Roy Oswalt had thrown more than 96 pitches in only one of his 10 starts this season. That changed with a 108-pitch effort in the Phillies' 4-3 victory over the Cubs. The veteran righthander allowed a two-run homer to Aramis Ramirez in a three-run first inning, but held the Cubs scoreless for his final six innings. He struck out four of the last five batters he faced, finishing with more than three strikeouts in a game for the first time since April 21.
Righthander Joe Blanton played catch with head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan prior to yesterday's game. It was the first time he had picked up a baseball since a sore elbow sent him to the disabled list for the second time this season. Blanton, sidelined since May 16, is still a question mark to return before the All-Star Break . . . Backup catcher Brian Schneider was scheduled to see team doctor Michael Ciccotti yesterday in hopes of being cleared to begin a rehab assignment this week. Schneider has been on the disabled list since straining his hamstring while rounding third base in Florida on May 11.
The Phillies are off today before starting a four-game series against the Marlins that includes Wednesday's doubleheader. Tonight is the organization's annual ALS fundraiser at Citizens Bank Park. The event, which features autograph stations, photo opportunities and a silent auction, is sold out.
Righthander Mike Stutes pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two, to set up Ryan Madson for his 15th save in 16 attempts . . . Lefthander Antonio Bastardo entered yesterday with a 1.08 ERA, trailing only the Braves' Jonny Venters (0.45 ERA) and the Mariners' David Pauley (0.96) among major league relievers with at least 20 innings pitched . . . Given the day off were outfielder Domonic Brown and third baseman Placido Polanco. Brown, who entered yesterday with two hits in his last 21 at-bats, was hitting .239 with a .316 on-base percentage, .403 slugging percentage and two home runs with 11 strikeouts and eight walks in 76 plate appearances since being called up in May. Polanco's grand slam in Friday's 7-5 win over the Cubs is his only extra-base hit in 17 games, a stretch in which he has hit just .240, lowering his team-leading batting average from .339 to .310 . . . Charlie Manuel was ejected by home plate umpire Al Porter, apparently after Porter heard him complaining from the dugout about a called strike three to Roy Oswalt for the second out of the sixth inning. After Porter ejected him, Manuel emerged from the dugout to confront the umpire. It was Manuel's second ejection of the season.