Worley to start Friday

Vance Worley will start for the Phillies on Friday against the Oakland Athletics. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

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).

This is what the Phillies tentative rotation looks like through the rest of the season, although rain-outs or injuries could alter this projection:

June 20 - Off - OFF
June 21 a Stl - Halladay (5)
June 22 a Stl - Lee (5)
June 23 a Stl - Oswalt (5)
June 24 v Oak - Worley (5)
June 25 v Oak - Hamels (5)
June 26 v Oak - Halladay (4)
June 27 - Off - OFF
June 28 v Bos - Lee (5)
June 29 v Bos - Oswalt (5)
June 30 v Bos - Hamels (5)
July 1 at Tor - Worley (5)
July 2 at Tor - Halladay (5)
July 3 at Tor - Lee (4)
July 4 vs Fla - Oswalt (4)
July 5 vs Fla - Hamels (4)
July 6 vs Fla - Worley (4)
July 7  - OFF - OFF
July 8 vs Atl - Haladay (5)
July 9 vs Atl - Lee (5)
July 10 v Atl - Hamels (4)

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