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So....May...what now?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:02 PM
I gotta ask, what do you think now? For months there has been debate about the Twins rotation and future rotation. There has been opinion...
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Casey Fien, is he toast and a goat or just an aberration?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:51 AM
Lately Casey Fien has seemed more and more like the Twins are "tossing in the Davis" than a quality relief pitcher. These last few weeks...
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Stanton hit in face by fastball

More Baseball Today, 11:39 AM
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FA Pitching Targets

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:20 AM
I was thinking about the discussion on:   http://twinsdaily.co...on-opening-day/   That thread seems to have stalled, so I'd li...
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Article: The No Juice Podcast, Episode #21: Vegas Of The...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:15 AM
In this week's No Juice Podcast episode, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman discuss the improvement of Trevor May, what Doug Mientkiewicz mi...
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Attached Image: worleyspring.jpg There's really no way to put a positive spin on Vance Worley's start Tuesday night. With his chance of making the team very much on the line after back-to-back clunkers, the righty came out and delivered the worst outing of this spring -- for him or any other Twins starter.

The final line: 2.2 IP, 7 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 1 K. Six doubles allowed. ZERO swinging strikes on 61 pitches.
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Reflecting on the game, a dejected Worley couldn't find words to explain the disastrous performance.

"I threw some good pitches to [Evan Longoria], and he's definitely one of the better hitters in that lineup," Worley said, referring to his lone strikeout victim in the second inning. "And, um…"

He paused for a moment.

"Things happen. I really don't even know how to elaborate on that."

Assistant general manager Rob Antony said before the game that the Twins would likely wait a little while yet to make decisions on any of the contenders for their fifth rotation spot, unless it became "obvious" that one was out of the running.

It appears that we have reached that point with Worley, who has allowed 12 earned runs on 21 hits in 7 2/3 innings over his last three spring outings, with only 12 days remaining until the season opener.

Worley insists that he's feeling good in his bullpen sessions, and that his pitches were moving the way he wanted them to in the game but he just couldn't seem to locate. It's a refrain we've heard before, and one that usually precedes a demotion. There are few things more concerning to a manager than a guy essentially throwing his hands up in the air.

At this point the only real question surrounding Worley is whether he'll be working on figuring things out in Rochester or in another organization. The 26-year-old is out of options, and despite his tumultuous run since coming over from Philadelphia, the Twins would rather not lose him. Pitching depth is pitching depth, and the righty maintains some upside even if it's clear he doesn't belong in the majors right now.

His brutal results this spring, in combination with his struggles last year, may be enough to dissuade other teams from claiming him. That would allow Worley to stay with the Twins and head to Triple-A, where he would likely join the pitcher who came over with him from the Phillies, Trevor May.

There's your positive spin, I guess.


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