No decision on Kendrick

(AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Rich Dubee said he's thought about it. But he hasn't talked about it.

So for now, the Phillies are noncommittal on whether Kyle Kendrick or Vance Worley will make the next turn in the rotation when the fifth starter spot comes up Saturday at New York.

"We have time," Dubee said.

The pitching coach said he was impressed by Worley, who pitched five innings in Monday's afternoon game. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five. Worley ran into a few jams and limited the damage.

"I like the way he competed," Dubee said. "He worked with tempo and composure."

Kendrick has struck out five in his last four starts combined. In that span, he has a 7.84 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.

Dubee said the fact that Kendrick has made 79 career starts as opposed to Worley's one will not factor into the decision. The rookie took batting practice with the rest of the starting pitchers before Tuesday's game.

"We don't have reservations about anyone here," Dubee said. "That's why they're here. If we think they give us the best chance, we'll go with them."

For what it's worth, Dubee said he believes Kendrick hasn't been throwing too terribly of late. He was miffed about Kendrick's failure to pitch around Prince Fielder in the first inning of Sunday's game.

"Overall," Dubee said, "I thought he was OK."


Charlie Manuel said he wanted to give Jayson Werth an extra day off, so the rightfielder is sitting Tuesday. Werth said he is healthy.

What likely factored into the decision is that Werth is 1 for 17 with seven strikeouts in his career against Marlins starter Chris Volstad.

It means that rookie Domonic Brown will start in back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 10-11.

Also, Jimmy Rollins is hitting fifth for the second straight game. But Manuel said Rollins remains his leadoff hitter. Just...not right now.

The lineup:

1. Shane Victorino CF
2. Placido Polanco 3B
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Jimmy Rollins SS
6. Raul Ibanez LF
7. Domonic Brown RF
8. Carlos Ruiz C
9. Joe Blanton P