Pirates starter Vance Worley blanked the Marlins over seven innings on Sunday afternoon, his first start in the major leagues since May 22 last season, when he was a member of the Twins. Worley allowed only five hits while issuing no walks and striking out five.
The Twins had acquired Worley and Trevor May from the Phillies for Ben Revere, even knowing that Worley was on his way back from surgery on his right elbow. Worley was the Twins’ 2013 Opening Day starter, but mustered a 7.21 ERA over ten starts before landing on the DL. The Pirates purchased him from the Twins towards the end of spring training this past March. In seven starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, he posted a 4.30 ERA with a 43/4 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.