02/27/2013 6:00 PM ET
Worley's Phils experience proves valuable with Twins
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Vance Worley absorbed as much knowledge as he could over the years from Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt.
Because of his relationship with those four pitchers, he has become a sage of sorts with his new Minnesota Twins teammates, conjuring up details, stories and anecdotes about his former Phillies cohorts.
"I'm glad I had those guys in front of me so I could see how they go about things -- preparing, being ready for the games," Worley said before Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies at Hammond Stadium. "Without that 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 doing this?' Whether it's working out, pitching, sitting in the dugout, watching film ... they just want to know what they do and use me as their filter."
Worley, who is healthy after struggling last season because of a bone spur in his right elbow, is still getting used to his new surroundings. The Phillies traded him and right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May to the Twins in December for center fielder Ben Revere. Worley was working out at Citizens Bank Park when Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. gave him the call about the trade.
"I'm fine with it," Worley said. "I have a big league job, so I can't complain. The only thing I was frustrated about was signing that lease on that house in [Deptford,] New Jersey and knowing I had to get out of it. And I still haven't gotten out of it, so if there's anyone over there who wants a house -- do you want in on it? It's a nice house, half the price what I was paying for an apartment in Philly. I shipped everything out from California into the house, just to ship it all back.
"Please, help me find somebody."
In the meantime, Worley is preparing for a new season with a new team. There is a chance he could be the Twins' Opening Day starter, which is something Worley never considered in Philadelphia with Halladay, Lee and Hamels pitching in front of him. He also might get a chance to pitch against the Phillies in June at Target Field.
He acknowledged he wouldn't mind pitching extraordinarily well that game.
"That's how it always is," Worley said. "If there's somebody I know, I always pitch with a little something more for him, whether a friend, or a team I face all the time, or in this situation being traded, of course."
Lannan goes two innings in spring debut
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander John Lannan was the fifth and final Phillies starter to make his Grapefruit League debut this spring.
He pitched two innings on Wednesday in a 12-5 loss to the Twins at Hammond Stadium. He allowed four hits, one run, one walk and struck out one.
"It was good to get back out there," Lannan said. "The first inning felt good. The second inning, I kind of lost command a little bit. There were some good things and bad things. Some things to work on. I'm relatively happy."
Lannan is virtually guaranteed the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation, although the front office has said publicly other pitchers are in the mix. But it would be incredibly surprising to see anybody other than Lannan pitching in the fifth game of the season.
"It's a good experience so far," Lannan said. "Learning from all these guys that I've watched so many years from the other side. I'm picking their brains, seeing how Chooch [Carlos Ruiz] calls games and how other guys go about their philosophies from pitching."
Ruf looks to return to outfield Thursday
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Darin Ruf hasn't played in the field since Monday because of a sore right arm, but he said he is fine and should be back in the field Thursday.
Ruf is making the move from first base to left field, which means a lot more throwing. He said he felt some soreness in his biceps following throwing drills.
"It's normal," he said. "I was feeling great today and I'm back in there tomorrow."
Ruf, who is competing for a job in the outfield, is 0-for-9 this spring. He grounded out sharply to third baseman Mark Sobolewski in the eighth inning in Wednesday's 12-5 loss to the Twins at Hammond Stadium.
"I felt like I put a good swing on it. Mark just made a good play," Ruf said. "I thought we were better friends than that, but whatever. As long as I'm having good at-bats ... I'm seeing the ball well."
• The Phillies made three errors in Wednesday's 12-5 loss to the Twins -- a Freddy Galvis error was later changed to a hit -- and nine in five games. Those nine errors ranked second in baseball. Poor defense gave Phillies manager Charlie Manuel a headache last season.
"They gave me a headache today," Manuel said. "They gave me a real good headache. We can't play like that, if we expect to win. We're going to make mistakes. But at the same time you can't make that many mistakes, and you can't make the same mistakes over and over and over every day. I mean, what the [heck]? We had one clean inning today. We dropped balls and missed balls. All over the field."
• Chase Utley will be in the lineup on Thursday against the Braves at Bright House Field. He did not play Tuesday because of wet field conditions and did not make the trip to Fort Myers on Wednesday.
• Domonic Brown crushed a double to deep right-center field in the fifth inning to score a run. He went 1-for-2 with one RBI, two walks and three runs scored. "Just be consistent," Manuel said. "I'd say so far he's been that."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.