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Worley was tired

It had been 20 days since Vance Worley had thrown more than three innings in a game and the 23-year-old rookie said that caught up to him Tuesday.

Worley was tired

Vance Worley allowed three runs in five innings in his first start since early May. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Vance Worley allowed three runs in five innings in his first start since early May. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

It had been 20 days since Vance Worley had thrown more than three innings in a game and the 23-year-old rookie said that caught up to him Tuesday.

Near the end of the third inning, he said he started dragging. By the time the fifth inning began with a walk to the opposing pitcher, Johnny Cueto, he was past tired.

"To walk him, obviously, made everything kind of spiral," Worley said.

The result was not Worley's best effort, but still decent enough. In five innings, he allowed six hits, walked four and surrendered three runs. He said he was unable to "locate really anything."

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There were innings where he looked capable, like the third and fourth when he needed just 15 and 7 pitches, respectively, to retire the side. But trouble locating the fastball caught up to him.

Worley said the lack of stamina was an issue. He made two relief appearances with the Phillies after his last start May 4, and made one start with triple-A Lehigh Valley on May 17 that lasted three innings. He threw two bullpens before Tuesday's start.

"It's been a while," Worley said. "I came out of the bullpen for a week. Go down to triple A, threw three innings down there and try to get stretched out. Then I throw two more bullpens, that's not really stretching anything out. Then, 'Hey, go pitch!' I think another bullpen and having the five innings today, I'll be a little better for Monday."


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