Phillies Notes: Worley could return to Phillies for spot start

(Kathy Kmonicek/AP file photo)
(Kathy Kmonicek/AP file photo)
Posted: June 13, 2011

The schedule suggests an opening for Vance Worley to make his return to the Phillies rotation. Rich Dubee, on the other hand, is not one for revealing his long-term plans.

But the pitching coach did offer this nugget: The Phillies will stay on rotation even with a Wednesday doubleheader against Florida. A day off Monday allows the team to do that, meaning Cole Hamels will start with an extra day of rest in Tuesday's opener while Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay tackle the doubleheader. Kendrick will have an extra day of rest while Halladay will be on his normal turn.

After that, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt are scheduled, but a decision will be needed on Saturday's starter in Seattle. Dubee did not say the team would use a spot starter for certain. If not, that would force Hamels to pitch a game in June on short rest, and that goes against just about every measure Dubee has taken to protect his starting staff this season.

Worley would be able to slide into the rotation, and by then, he'll have made three starts for triple-A Lehigh Valley since his demotion May 30. Since then, Worley has not allowed a run in 13 innings and has struck out 15.

Adding a pitcher like Worley for the spot start would be feasible. David Herndon, who is on the Allentown express, could be optioned to free up the roster spot.

The Marlins have not publicly decided on their second starter for Wednesday. Anibal Sanchez will pitch in one of the games, and the choice is reportedly down to three righthanders: Chris Sampson, Elih Villanueva, or Tom Koehler. Villanueva and Koehler have never appeared in the majors. Sampson has not started a major-league game since 2008.

Draft picks sign

The Phillies have signed 13 of their 51 first-year-player draft picks, including second-rounder Harold Martinez, a third baseman from the University of Miami, and 29th-rounder Paul Cusick, a righthanded pitcher from Penn and the Salesianum School in Wilmington.

Martinez was the Phillies' third pick (No. 90 overall), and will likely start his professional career in single-A Williamsport later this month.

The other draft selections who have signed: catcher Logan Moore (ninth round), righthander Yacksel Rios (12th), third baseman Trey Ford (14th), catcher John Hill (19th), outfielder Peter Lavin (20th), outfielder Matthew Holland (22d), righthander Cody Fick (23d), righthander Ryan Duke (25th), righthander Ian Durham (28th), righthander Greg Herbst (32d), and outfielder Brock Stassi (33d).

Gordon can leave

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed a Newsday report that righthander Brian Gordon can opt out of his minor-league deal with the team this Wednesday on the condition he is added to the major-league roster of one of the other 29 big-league teams.

Gordon, 32, is 5-0 with a league-low 1.14 ERA at triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

Extra bases

Aramis Ramirez hit his sixth career home run off Oswalt in the first inning, the most Oswalt has allowed to any player. . . . Monday is an off day, but the entire team and front office will be at Citizens Bank Park with nearly 7,000 fans expected to attend the 27th annual Phillies Phestival held to benefit The ALS Association. The event is sold out.

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