By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that Vance Worley has been designated for assignment as the corresponding move for Joe Blanton, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals late last night.
Worley was acquired by the Pirates in Spring Training of last year from the Minnesota Twins as a reclamation project. He joined the Bucs rotation in June, and really provided a shot in the arm, posting a 2.85 ERA along with a 1.21 WHIP. Despite the good season, Worley lost out to Jeff Locke for the fifth starter spot this year, but he wound up making the rotation anyway with Charlie Morton beginning the season on the DL. Once Morton returned, Worley was moved back to the bullpen. His numbers haven’t been as good this season, as he’s put up a 3.78 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP. Worley is making $2.45 million, so there’s a decent chance that he’ll clear waivers. However, he does have the right to refuse outright assignment.