After performing well for their AAA Indianapolis affiliate, the Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled pitcher Vance Worley up to pitch on Sunday.
The Twins traded Worley to the Pirates in exchange for cash after several poor spring training outings in a row and a disappointing 2013 season in which he posted a 7.21 ERA in 48.2 innings in Minnesota.
Worley, who was coming off bone chip clean-up surgery in 2012, told Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was not 100% heading into the season in 2013 and was surprised the Twins anointed him the Opening Day starter.
In speaking to the Tribune-Review late last month in Indianapolis, Worley said he was not 100 percent to begin 2013 after having remove bone chips from his elbow at the end of the 2012 season. He was surprised the Twins wanted him to lead their rotation.
Once with the Pirates, Worley pitched infinitely better, going 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA but a much improved 43-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 46 innings (by comparison he had struck out just 25 in the 48.2 innings with the Twins last year). Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters that his fastball is much better and his changeup has become his "go-to pitch".
Having talked about it at length on this site last year, Worley's changeup has long been a work in progress that has fallen flat and has been a constantly below average pitch for him over the last few years.