Vance Worley: Happy, healthy and in need of some help

Vance Worley: Happy, healthy and in need of some help
February 27, 2013, 1:30 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Looking to rent a nice three-bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom house in South Jersey?

Contact Vance Worley c/o the Minnesota Twins.

Worley didn’t see his December trade from the Phillies to the Twins coming. He was so confident that he’d be part of the Phillies’ 2013 pitching rotation that he signed a one-year lease on a home in Deptford. He even had some of his belongings shipped in from California. Now? He’s looking to hand off that lease.

“Please, help me find someone,” Worley said before his new team faced his old team Wednesday.

Worley was traded to the Twins along with pitching prospect Trevor May for centerfielder Ben Revere. The good-natured, 25-year-old righthander is happy to be a Twin and thankful for his time with the Phillies.

“I’m glad I had those guys in front of me so I could see how they go about things – preparing, being ready for games,” he said, referring to former rotation mates Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. “Without those guys I wouldn’t have the type of routine I have now. All the pitchers on this team have asked me questions about those guys. What are they like? How does he go about this? Whether it’s working out, pitching, sitting in the dugout, watching film … They just want to know what they do and they use me as their filter.”

Worley was a bit of a metaphor for a Phillies team that battled injury and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006 last year. He stepped up and won 11 games for the 102-win Phillies of 2011. He finished third in the NL rookie of the year voting that year. Last season, Worley was hampered by a bone spur in his elbow and went 6-9 before heading to the surgeon’s table after 23 starts.

Worley was asked for his lasting memory of being a Phillie.

“I try to forget about last year,” he said. “I’d say 2011. That team was fun to play with. Everyone got along and we went to the ballpark knowing we were going to win.”

The bone spur that robbed Worley of the movement on his cutter and sinker last year has been removed. He is happy, healthy and under consideration to be the Twins’ opening day starter.

Now, if he could just unload that lease in South Jersey.

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