Worley called up

ST. LOUIS -- Needing another extra arm for a fluid pitching staff, the Phillies selected the contract of righthander Vance Worley from double-A Reading on Wednesday.

Righthander Andrew Carpenter, who pitched three innings in Tuesday's blowout loss, was optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Worley, 22, is 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA at Reading. He was a third-round pick in 2008 by the Phillies. He had thrown 17 straight scoreless innings at Reading.

Worley will presumably be the long man in the Phillies' bullpen while they figure out their current pitching plan.

For those asking why J.A. Happ wasn't called up, it's because the Phillies won't need Happ until at least Saturday for a start. Right now they need an extra arm and that guy is Worley.

The Astros added a Phillies pitcher Wednesday.

No, Roy Oswalt didn't become a Phillie. Righthander Nelson Figueroa was claimed off waivers by the Astros and added to their active roster. In 13 games with the Phillies, Figueroa was 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA. In his second go-around with the Phils this season he pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

But he was victim of a roster crunch. Of course, the Phillies could really use a long man like Figueroa right now.