Vance Worley will remain in the Phillies rotation as Kyle Kendrick moves back to the bullpen, pitching coach Rich Dubee said today.
Worley threw a bullpen session at Busch Stadium in preparation for his next start, which will come against the Athletics on Friday.
Worley pitched five innings against the Mariners on Saturday, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks in five innings. He routinely got ahead of batters only to struggle with his secondary pitches. That led to a pitch count of 96 and an early exit. But Worley displayed the poise he has showed throughout the season, when he has made five starts and two relief appearances, posting a 3.41 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks in 29 innings.
Righthander Joe Blanton, who is rehabbing his elbow in Clearwater, is not expected to return before the All-Star Break (nor is Brad Lidge, Dubee said).