Worley to DL, Kendrick to Start

Worley to DL, Kendrick to Start

Little is known about Vance Worley's elbow soreness, except he will miss not one, but at least three games. The Phillies placed the 24 year old on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and formally announced Kyle Kendrick as the starter for tonight's game against the Cubs at Wrigley.

The Inq's Matt Gelb tweeted that team officials are keeping their fingers crossed, but indicated they do not know yet whether or not the inflammation in his elbow a sign of a more serious problem.

Worley picked up in 2012 right where he left off last season, going 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven outings. Jim Salisbury adds the Phils are 20-8 in games the Vanimal's starts over the past two seasons, calling him a "godsend."

His replacement is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in three starts this season, but it's not as bad as it looks. Kendrick was tagged for seven runs over three frames in his first trip out in Arizona. Over his next two, KK allowed three earned in 11 innings (2.45), but the Phillies were unable to provide the run support.

Kendrick got pounded in his last appearance, allowing five runs and picking up his third loss of the season in an inning or relief against the Mets. He's off to a dismal start overall this year, 0-3 with a 7.32 ERA and a staggering 2.03 WHIP.

Last season, Kendrick went 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA as a starter.

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

When Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout's six-year, $144.5 million contract ends in 2020, the Millville, New Jersey, native will be in his prime at 29 years old, and Phillies' fans dream of seeing Trout playing at Citizens Bank Park could be come true.

For the time being, though, Trout, a season-ticket holder, is just chilling at Lincoln Financial Field as the Eagles play the Vikings on Sunday because the Angels are almost as bad as the Phillies and even he couldn't stay away from Sam Bradford's return to Philadelphia.

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers welcomed two more players out on to the rink for their practice following Saturday’s 6-3 win over Carolina. 

Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Scott Laughton (lower body) returned to the ice for the first time since suffering injuries within days of each other. Before Sunday’s light practice, Del Zotto and Laughton had skated two consecutive days prior to work on their conditioning. 

“It’s nice to see them back with the group,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. 

Laughton, who injured himself during a training camp practice after losing an edge, was a bit more forward than Del Zotto on when he hopes to return. 

“I would say within the next five to seven days,” Laughton said.

The 22-year-old pointed to Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh as his target to return. 

As for Del Zotto, the defenseman didn’t want to jinx anything, saying it’s a “day-by-day” situation. He would like to think he’s working on the same timetable as Laughton. If that’s the case, he would be back either a few days before or right on cue with the projected four to five weeks he was scheduled to miss after suffering an injury to his left knee in the preseason against the New York Rangers on Oct. 6. 

“It’s kind of trial and error,” Del Zotto said. 

Above all else, though, the two were just happy to be back with their teammates. Del Zotto said that being around everyone really rejuvenated his spirits. 

“Just being back around the guys and having that team chemistry and camaraderie and being able to joke with the guys,” Del Zotto said, “it’s probably been the best thing for me.”

This past month has especially been hard on the two because of the timing and how last season ended for them. 

While there’s never an ideal time to suffer an injury, the pair saw training camp and the approaching start of the regular season in a different light than most of their teammates.

It was supposed to be their new start. Last season, Del Zotto missed the final few months, including the postseason, after ligament damage to his left wrist. He was having a strong preseason, arguably the top defenseman in camp at the time before suffering his setback.

“Being out so long last year and having to sit and watch playoffs than having six months of grueling rehab to get back into it … that made it sting that much more,” Del Zotto said. “That’s part of the game. It’s a contact sport. I signed up for this.”

The same can be said for Laughton, who experienced a scary injury in Game 4 against Washington after being dumped head first into the boards. 

“I was really excited to have camp and start the year here,” Laughton said. 

The two will be traveling to Montreal with the rest of the Flyers for Monday’s contest. They will each do the morning skate with another bag skate afterward.