08/29/12 6:05 PM ET
Phils take cautious route, sit Brown vs. Mets
By Todd Zolecki and Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
Brown was out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday, but he started on Tuesday. He was pulled after nine innings of Tuesday's 9-5, 10-inning loss to the Mets after manager Charlie Manuel apparently saw him laboring when fielding a ball in the left-field corner.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said on Wednesday that he does not view Brown's knee soreness as a long-term injury.
"I know he wants to play," Amaro said. "But it's that fine line between wanting to play and making sure it doesn't affect the team. Team's always first. We do want to see Brownie play. We do want to have him play, because I think he's going to contribute to our club. But at the same time, I want to make sure he's doing it in a healthy way."
Season-ending elbow surgery decided for Worley
PHILADELPHIA -- Following yet another rough start in which he was unable to last six innings, Vance Worley met with Phillies on Wednesday morning. The consensus was for Worley, pitching with loose bodies in his throwing elbow, to undergo season-ending surgery next week and start preparing for 2013.
A season after finishing third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, Worley finishes his sophomore campaign with a 6-9 record and a 4.20 ERA. The right-hander started off the season well, but couldn't regain his 2011 form after a three-week stint on the disabled list in May. That was no more evident than over his last five starts, when he went 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and lasted six innings just once.
Right-hander Tyler Cloyd, promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday to start for an ill Cole Hamels, will take Worley's place in the rotation. Cloyd was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher on Tuesday.
"It's something I thought I could make it through," Worley said. "We all kind of talked it over. We feel like this is the best thing to do right now, have the surgery now and prepare for next season. [I'll] get a couple extra weeks to work on making sure my arm's good and conditioning myself."
The recovery time from the surgery, for which an official date had not yet been set as of Wednesday afternoon, was only a couple weeks, Worley said. He should be right on track with the rest of his teammates come Spring Training.
Worley maintained that the loose bodies were not affecting his pitching.
"I think, if anything, it was just me not making pitches," he said.
But Rich Dubee, the Phillies pitching coach, thought the elbow condition served as a distraction for Worley.
"His demeanor was different," Dubee said. "His personality was different. His mound presence was extremely changed. And those aren't good things. Those aren't things we want engrained in him for the rest of his career for sure. It was a good time to stop him and get him straightened up."
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said it was a good time for Worley to reset for 2013.
"I think physically, he probably could've continued to pitch," Amaro said. "But I don't know if it was going to do him any good, and I don't know if it was going to do the club any good."
Cloyd, Ruf recipients of 2012 Paul Owens Award
PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Tyler Cloyd and first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf were announced on Wednesday as the recipients of the 2012 Paul Owens Award, given annually to the best pitcher and position player in the Phillies' farm system.
It continued to be a great couple days for Cloyd, who was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his Major League debut on Wednesday night against the Mets. On Tuesday, he was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher after going 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA.
Ruf, a potential September callup despite the fact he's in Double-A, tied Ryan Howard's single-season record at Reading with his 37th home run of the season on Tuesday. After hitting an astounding 19 home runs in August, Ruf -- ranked 12th among Phillies prospects by MLB.com -- entered Wednesday a mere .05 batting average percentage points shy of leading the Eastern League in every Triple Crown category.
"Both Tyler and Darin have had outstanding seasons," said Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan. "Tyler got off to a great start with Reading and never let up, carrying his success over to Lehigh Valley after his promotion. Darin was the model of consistency this year, with his batting average never going below .300 and his power numbers only improving as the season went on. We couldn't be more proud of both guys."
The duo will be honored before the Phillies' game against the Braves on Sept. 21 at Citizens Bank Park.
Right-hander Michael Schwimer has reported to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, six days after the Phillies optioned him.
Schwimer had told the Phillies last Thursday he thought he should have been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured right arm, but the Phillies do not believe he was injured. Schwimer received a second opinion on his right arm Monday, but is on the IronPigs' active roster. He was not available to pitch Wednesday, however, after having an MRI exam Monday. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Schwimer would not be fined for not reporting to Lehigh Valley within the 72-hour window.
Asked if their differences had been resolved, Amaro said, "I don't have any comment on any differences."
The Phillies are hopeful that catcher Carlos Ruiz will return sometime in early September, Amaro said on Wednesday. Out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot since Aug. 3, Ruiz began running this week. He previously started hitting and catching bullpen sessions. "He's doing well," Amaro said. "So far no symptoms, and that's the most important part."
Left-hander Jay Johnson; right-handers Tyler Knigge, Colby Shreve and Kyle Simon; catcher Tommy Joseph; third baseman Cody Asche; and outfielder Zach Collier will play for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.
Nate Schierholtz started in right field and batted third for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, the second game of his rehab assignment. Schierholtz, recovering from a broken big toe on his right foot, is expected to rejoin the Phillies on Saturday, when rosters expand.
Jimmy Rollins entered Wednesday needing just 10 hits to reach 2,000 for his career.