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.

Eagles sign Soul DT Jake Metz following workout

Eagles sign Soul DT Jake Metz following workout

Jake Metz has gone from the Soul to the Eagles.

Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski on Monday night tweeted a congratulatory message about the defensive tackle signing with the Eagles.

Metz and Soul wide receiver Darius Reynolds, fresh off an ArenaBowl title last Friday, worked out for the Eagles this afternoon before practice. Metz is the 74th player on the roster, which means the team is still below the next cut line — which is Tuesday at 4 p.m. — of 75. The Eagles' roster has to be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Metz, 25, graduated from Souderton Area High School and played his college ball at Shippensburg University. For the Arena Football League champions, Metz posted Soul highs in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (10).

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said there was a chance he could look at Odubel Herrera in a corner outfield spot over the final weeks of the season.

Scrub that idea.

“Not this year,” Mackanin said Monday. “If we decide we're going to do that, we'll encourage him to play a corner in winter ball and then in spring training, if that's what we decide to do.

“I thought about doing that. But I don't know if we want to do that now. We’ll just let him get back on track offensively. I won't say it won't happen here or there. But we're not going to make that move right now.

“Let's try to keep his mind as uncluttered as possible right now. It looks a little cluttered.”

The Phillies have thought about moving Herrera to a corner spot because they have a top center field prospect in Roman Quinn. Also, Aaron Altherr is an excellent defender in center.

Quinn seemed to be on target for a call up after the Eastern League playoffs, but that could be in doubt now that he’s on the disabled list with a concussion.

Still, Quinn may be this club’s centerfielder of the future. And behind him is Mickey Moniak, this year’s top draft pick. He’s a ways away. But it’s worth wondering if the Phillies believe Herrera’s future is at a corner outfield spot. Or whether Herrera will be wintertime trade bait.

Mackanin was asked if he believed Herrera’s future would be in a corner spot.

“You know, I'd rather not really even comment on that,” he said. “I don't want him to think that we're not pleased with him. I just want to keep him confident the rest of the season.”

Herrera’s defense in center field has slipped this season.

“He was better last year defensively,” Mackanin said. “He's made a lot of mistakes this year. I think we've all seen that. But that doesn't mean he's not going to play center field anymore. There's another month left to see what happens.”

Herrera was the Phillies’ lone representative in the All-Star Game. He hit .294 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage before the All-Star break. Since then, however, he was hitting .252 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .378 slugging percentage entering play Monday night.