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46 Vance Worley SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 9/25/1987 | Birthplace: Sacramento, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $525,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/9 | Average Draft Position: 302.67
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Vance Worley runs into some poor luck, but still wins Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Pirates starter Vance Worley ran into some bad luck Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Worley allowed four runs, one earned, on seven hits over six innings. A throwing error in the third inning started the fun. Worley was unable to pitch around the leadoff error, and allowed two runs during the inning. Another throwing error led to two additional runs in the sixth inning. Worley was only charged with one of the four runs.

With the win, Worley improved to 3-1 on the year. His next start will come against the Giants.


Pirates announce post-break rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, who returned from the 15-day disabled list Sunday at Cincinnati, will start the first game out of the All-Star break for the Pirates, according to MLB.com.

He will be followed in a three-game series vs. Colorado by Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke. Edinson Volquez will then open a series against the Dodgers on July 21, and he will be followed by Vance Worley before the rotation resets.


Pirates move Vance Worley to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Pirates announced pitcher Vance Worley is being moved to the bullpen with Francisco Liriano (oblique) set to make his return to the rotation Sunday at Cincinnati. Worley will be available in the bullpen starting Saturday.

Vance Worley knocked around Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley had a rough time Tuesday against the Cardinals. 

Worley proved to be hittable, allowing nine hits in five innings of work. He gave up four earned runs. During the outing he struck out three and did not allow any walks. Worley was stung by two doubles during the start. Kolten Wong belted a two-run double off him in the second inning, and Matt Holliday did the same in the fifth.

Despite the poor start, Worley managed to pick up the no-decision. His next start is slated to come against Reds. 


Vance Worley takes tough-luck loss vs. Diamondbacks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley got little help Thursday against the Diamondbacks, as he settled for his first loss, 10-2.  

Worley tossed his fourth quality start in a row despite the loss, but the three runs he allowed in seven innings proved too much. He gave up just four hits and a pair of walks, while striking out six batters on 90 pitches in the loss.

Worley fell to 2-1 in four starts, while his ERA rose slightly to 2.28. He has served as a solid addition to the Pirates rotation, and will try to keep his strong run up when he takes on the Cardinals Tuesday. 


Vance Worley wins second straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley turned in his best start yet Thursday, in a 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Coming off his first win of the season, Worley was even better this time around, as he limited the Mets to just one run on a solo home run in seven innings. He scattered seven hits and a pair of walks as well, while striking out three batters on 100 pitches.

Worley is now 2-0 through three starts for the Pirates, and has tossed a quality start in each of his trips to the mound. He will try to keep his solid run going when he takes on the Diamondbacks next Thursday. 


Pirates rotation situation about to become clearer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/25/2014) Even with Gerrit Cole (shoulder) and Francisco Liriano (side) lost to injury and Wandy Rodriguez having been let go, the Pirates have been surging in recent weeks, and their replacements have been a large part of their recent success. They have received surprisingly good performances from Jeff Locke, Brandon Cumpton and Vance Worley.

Now that Cole is set to return on Saturday against the Mets, one of the trio is likely to lose his rotation spot. Manager Clint Hurdle has yet to disclose his plans, though he confirmed that Worley and Cumpton were still the probable starters for the first two games of that series. That has the look of a one-game audition for each pitcher, and that would make sense, as Locke has made the strongest case for keeping his current role.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has speculated that Cumpton is the most likely candidate for demotion, so while Worley could conceivably lose the job with a poor performance Thursday, owners in deeper mixed leagues and NL-only formats should consider picking him up now. If he pitches well in his upcoming start and Cumpton is sent down, Worley could be tougher to claim in just a couple of days.

As he has been pitching with improved control and possibly a rediscovered knack for getting called strikes, Worley could be a worthy addition in deeper leagues, even if he's been making Bartolo Colon look like a swing-and-miss pitcher. After making four good starts in a row, Locke should be getting some consideration in standard mixed leagues, at least for two-start weeks.


Vance Worley surrenders three runs in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley earned his first win of the season Saturday after giving up three earned runs on five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 5-3 victory over the Cubs.

Worley (1-0) cruised through three innings before giving up a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Cubs were able to scratch another run out in the seventh inning, but it was another solid effort for Worley after he spun seven scoreless innings in his season debut last Sunday. He owns a 1.98 ERA and 9:1 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings going into Thursday's matchup with the Mets.


Vance Worley outstanding in season debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Vance Worley was outstanding in his season debut Sunday at Miami after being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Unfortunately, the bullpen cost him a chance to pick up a win, as Miami rallied for a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

Worley held the Marlins scoreless for seven innings, yielding five hits and no walks. He also struck out five. He left with a 2-0 lead, which the Pittsburgh bullpen blew in the eighth inning.

The only frame Worley ran into some trouble was the fourth inning, as Miami led off the inning with a pair of singles. But Worley escaped the jam with a strikeout and double play.

With Francisco Liriano on the disabled list and expected to miss a month due to an oblique injury, Worley will likely remain in the rotation. His next scheduled start will come Saturday against the Cubs, if the team doesn't skip his turn through the rotation.


Vance Worley blames 2013 struggles on injuries


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Former Twins starting pitcher Vance Worley, who was recalled from the minors to start Sunday for the Pirates, said he was not 100 percent healthy to begin last season with Minnesota, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Worley said not only was he recovering from having bone chips removed from his elbow, but he dealt with biceps tendinitis during spring training.

Worley was 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA and 1.99 WHIP in 10 starts for Minnesota last season. He was 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in seven starts for Triple-A Indianapolis prior to his recall Sunday.

"My arm is definitely back, just all around," Worley said. "The velocity is back, the movement is back."


Pirates confirm Vance Worley's start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The Pirates have listed Vance Worley as the team's probable starter for Sunday.

The move was expected, as Worley was scratched from Friday's Triple-A start. He'll take on the Marlins during his first start. He's posted a 4.30 ERA over 46 innings in the minors. 


Report: Vance Worley to start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley will be called up for Sunday's start, according to 93.7 The Fan.

Worley was scratched from Friday's Triple-A start, prompting speculation he would replace Francisco Liriano in the rotation. Worley will take on the Marlins in his first start. He's posted a 4.30 ERA in the minors. 


Pirates yet to announce Sunday starter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The Pirates have yet to announce a starter for Sunday's game, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's assumed Vance Worley will be called up to replace Francisco Liriano, but the team has remained mum on the subject. Worley has posted a 4.30 ERA over 46 innings in the minors. Worley scratched from Friday's start, which hinted at the callup.


Vance Worley scratched from minor-league start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley has been scratched from Friday's minor-league start.

There's some speculation Worley will replace Francisco Liriano in the rotation for Sunday's start. Worley has posted a 4.30 ERA over 46 innings. 


Pirates acquire Vance Worley from the Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) The Twins announced Tuesday they traded starting pitcher Vance Worley to the Pirates for cash. The Pirates said Worley will report to minor-league camp.

Twins outright Vance Worley to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) The Twins outrighted pitcher Vance Worley to Triple-A Rochester Friday after he passed through waivers unclaimed.

Worley made 10 starts with the Twins in 2013, going 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA and 25:15 K:BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings.


Bombed-out Vance Worley dumped by Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Right-hander Vance Worley arrived with the Twins as a rotation hopeful and left without making it through spring training. He has been optioned by the team after a miserable exhibition season in which he compiled a team-worst 13.50 ERA. He cleared waivers, however, and will pitch for Triple-A Rochester.

Worley has bottomed out after peaking with the Phillies in 2011, when he showed promise with an 11-3 record and 3.01 ERA.


Vance Worley tagged for seven runs vs. Rays Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Twins pitcher Vance Worley gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 11-1 loss to the Rays Tuesday.

The spring has not been kind to Worley since pitching three scoreless innings in his debut, and he watched his ERA jump from 10.13 to 13.50 in Tuesday's loss. He owns a 5:5 K:BB ratio through 10 2/3 innings.


Vance Worley not making strong case to grab rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Twins starting pitcher Vance Worley had another rough outing Wednesday against the Pirates, and is not helping his chances of earning a spot in the team's rotation. The right-hander pitched in relief for the first time this spring, but gave up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.

It was an improvement for Worley, who was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings in his previous spring appearance. However, it's been all downhill for him since opening the spring with three scoreless innings March 3 against the Orioles. Worley has a 10.13 ERA through three appearances.


Vance Worley pulverized by Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Twins starter Vance Worley couldn't make it through the second inning against Pittsburgh on Friday. He yielded five earned runs on seven hits, including a home run. He both walked and struck out one batter.

Worley has been a Jekyll-Hyde case in two exhibition game starts. He allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings in his 2014 debut. His performance against the Pirates will hinder his chances to land a spot in the rotation.


Vance Worley encouraged by outing


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Twins pitcher Vance Worley is encouraged about his first spring outing, according to the Star Tribune

Worley said the biggest difference is that he's healthy during camp. He was dealing with an elbow injury last season, and "couldn't find a way to [throw the ball] down in the zone." He said he had to rediscover is arm slot during the offseason. Worley is competing for a spot in the team's rotation.

He posted a 7.21 ERA in 48 2/3 innings last season.


Vance Worley pitches three scoreless innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Making his spring debut Monday, Twins pitcher Vance Worley allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings while striking out win in his team's 9-2 win over the Orioles.

"Today, I was able to locate my fastball, get ahead in the count," Worley told MLB.com. "I had some opportunities for offspeed pitches to keep those guys off-balance."

Worley, who is out of minor-league options, is battling for the fifth spot in the Minnesota rotation. He went 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA, 1.99 WHIP and 25:15 K:BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings over 10 starts with the Twins last season.


Twins might use starting pitcher candidate in bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Twins pitchers Samuel DedunoScott Diamond and Vance Worley are all out of options and are fighting for the final spot in the rotation. The Twins will have some tough choices to make, but Minnesota is open to the idea of keeping two of the pitchers on the roster -- one in the rotation and one in the bullpen.

"Anything is possible," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said, per The Star Tribune. "We’re going to try to take our best guys, and you don’t want to lose guys who you think can help you but that happens sometimes. They have to pitch themselves on to the team. They have to earn it."


Vance Worley reports to camp in shape


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Twins pitcher Vance Worley has reported to camp about 20 pounds lighter, according to the Star Tribune

Worley struggled last season, posting a 7.21 ERA in just 10 starts. He was shut down with a shoulder injury in August. At the time, general manager Terry Ryan said Worley would have a lot to prove next season. Worley apparently took that to heart, and worked on his conditioning. Worley will compete for a rotation spot this spring.


Vance Worley shut down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) Twins pitcher Vance Worley has been shut down for the year, according to 1500 ESPN. 

General manager Terry Ryan said Worley was sent home after a recent MRI on his injured shoulder. Ryan added that Worley "has a lot to prove next spring," indicating his season was over. 

Worley has a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts.