Contrary to report, Vance Worley's elbow troubles won't end his season
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A report emerged sometime Friday night that suggested that Triple-A starter Vance Worley had been shut down for the rest of the season with elbow woes. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said it was news to him -- he doesn't have as frequent communication with farm director Brad Steil as one might think -- and before long Ryan was able to dispel that report by suggesting that Worley was on pace to throw a bullpen on Aug. 20.
To call it a star-crossed year for Worley and the other pitchers the Twins acquired in the offseason would be an understatement.
Worley stumbled to a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts, allowing almost two baserunners per inning before this injury derailed what has been an uninspiring stint at Triple-A.
Meyer back in action
Alex Meyer was pitching relatively well for Double-A New Britain -- 3.69 ERA, 10.8 K/9, 1.31 WHIP -- but shoulder woes have shelved him since June 1.
Only recently has Meyer gotten back on the mound for the Gulf Coast League Twins, racking up seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings over a couple rehab appearances. He's due to start at least one more time for the GCL club on Monday.
Ryan confirmed Saturday that the hope was for Trevor May to reach Triple-A this year, and if that was the goal for Meyer as well, it looks like the Twins will go 0 for 2. Meyer has certainly pitched well enough, but the injury threw a wrench into plans. May has been virtually identical in his second go-round at Double-A, and in some statistical cases, worse.
But it's worth noting that both sides in each deal have seen their assets sputter in 2013. Ben Revere started out slowly for the Phillies, and needed a colossal rebound to look like the offensive player he was before.
And that was to get to a .306 wOBA, which isn't particularly adept since the National League average is .309 -- including pitchers. Add in strangely subpar defense and a broken foot, and the Worley/May-Revere trade probably gets an Incomplete on both sides.
The same could be said for the Span-Meyer deal. Span has struggled mightily this season -- .260/.312/.354 (.296 wOBA) -- and quite frankly might be a Metrodome creation.
Consider that Span hit .305/.390/.422 in his first two seasons, both of which were played at the Dome. In the four seasons to follow, Span's hit a collective .268/.329/.364. And while Span has played his typical brand of good defense -- including a game-saving catch to preserve a Rafael Soriano save a few nights ago -- one has to believe that general manager Mike Rizzo was expecting more when he acquired the 29-year-old centerfielder.
Ryan cautioned the media to be careful when evaluating a player in his first year with a new club, but at this point it seems as though it's only fair to withhold judgment on either of these deals.