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Updated: May 22nd, 2013 2:40pm
Twins option Vance Worley to Triple-A Rochester after Atlanta drubbing

Twins option Vance Worley to Triple-A Rochester after Atlanta drubbing

by Phil Mackey
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Vance Worley's horrible season reached a new low on Wednesday afternoon.

After allowing eight runs in 3 2/3 innings to the Atlanta Braves -- the most of his career -- Worley was optioned to Triple-A Rochester immediately after the game, the Twins announced.

Following this latest drubbing, Worley's ERA ballooned to 7.21, and he has now allowed 82 hits and nine home runs in just 48 2/3 innings. Worley previously had allowed only 23 home runs in nearly 300 career innings prior to this season.

This isn't the Worley the Minnesota Twins thought they were getting when they traded Ben Revere in December. Worley, 26, posted a 3.50 ERA in two-plus seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Elbow discomfort led to minor cleanup surgery in September, but Worley is said to be 100 percent healthy.

The Twins already announced that Samuel Deduno will be called up in time to start Friday's game in Detroit. It's unknown who will take Worley's spot in the rotation, but Kyle Gibson -- with two shutouts in his last three Triple-A outings -- is pounding on the door loudly.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ben Revere, Vance Worley