Just when the Phillies were hitting their stride, too.
The team got a dramatic walk-off win Tuesday, while (maybe?) finding a reliable reliever (Jake Diekman) not named Jonathan Papelbon, and are riding a three-game winning streak. Then, we got word that Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07 ERA) has been placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation.
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Worley had been scheduled to start tonight vs. the Chicago Cubs. Kyle Kendrick will take his turn in the rotation, with Joe Savery being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh to take his roster spot. Worley's DL stint is retroactive to May 12.
The Phillies announced Tuesday that Worley had been experiencing elbow soreness, but they didn't indicate a DL stint was necessary. A day later, Worley is off the roster — for now. Worley is enjoying a memorable sophomore year. He's allowed just three earned runs or fewer in five of his seven starts while striking out 45 batters in 44 innings.
Of course, Worley is also a key contributor to Metro, as he has been sitting down with beat writer Ed Condran for a weekly Worley's World feature.