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Worley’s Effort Highlights Fans’ Tunnel Vision

May 25, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

When Vance Worley was optioned to Lehigh Valley on May 16th to make room for Roy Oswalt to return from the DL, plenty of fans were outraged at the decision. But last night’s outing, including Worley’s admission that he was tired in the fifth inning, demonstrates the need to keep a guy like Worley “stretched out” as a starter. The decision to option Worley was made knowing that if any of the five starters, including banged up Joe Blanton, couldn’t make any given start, Worley could potentially fill in. [video below]

Of course, as Worley explains below, the timing didn’t work out real well for Vance who was caught between bullpen relief and a couple of bullpen sessions. But it proves the point that Worley would be better off getting regular starts in Lehigh than wasting away in the Phils pen.