Saturday, February 6, 2016

No decision on Kendrick

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

No decision on Kendrick

(AP Photo / Matt Slocum)
(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.

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"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."

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