Phillies Notebook: Worley pitches despite illness

Posted: August 08, 2012

RIGHTHANDER Vance Worley has spent most of the season pitching with bone chips in his throwing elbow, but it was his stomach that gave him problems in Monday night's 6-1 loss to the Braves.

The second-year starter fell ill about an hour before the game, but felt he could muster enough energy to take the mound. The Braves quickly proved otherwise, scoring four runs in 3 2/3 innings to knock him out of the game.

"I definitely wasn't feeling my best, but I wanted to go out there and pitch for the team," Worley said.

Worley (6-7) walked three batters, struck out two and allowed six hits. In seven starts since July 1, he has 27 strikeouts and 15 walks in 38 2/3 innings, along with an ERA of 5.59. In his first 12 starts of the season, he struck out 66 and walked 25 in 74 innings with an ERA of 2.92.

But Worley insists that the bone chips are not to blame, and he disputes the notion that a reduction in his workload with an eye toward 2013 would be a beneficial course of action.

"I'm going to play the whole thing out if I can," said Worley, who has been assured that he cannot do any further damage to the elbow by pitching. "I've done it this far and there's no reason I can't keep doing it."

Brown moves up

Charlie Manuel continued to fiddle with his new personnel, batting young leftfielder Domonic Brown second against Braves righthander Ben Sheets. Brown, who entered the night 5-for-18 with a pair of walks and one strikeout, singled to leftfield in his first at-bat and was hit on the hand with a pitch in his second. Brown remained in the game and finished 1-for-3.


The Phillies scored their only run on a home run by John Mayberry Jr., his ninth of the season . . . Chase Utley and Nate Schierholtz doubled for the team's other extra-base hits. Utley has reached base in 18 of 21 games since the All-Star break . . . Jimmy Rollins snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a single in the eighth inning . . . Michael Schwimer, who pitched the final two innings, allowed his first earned run since July 13 at Colorado. He had allowed one hit, one unearned run and five walks with 10 strikeouts over his previous eight appearances.

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