Worley sent down as Happ called up

Worley sent down as Happ called up

PHILADELPHIA -- Only a few minutes after Vance Worley collected the final out of Saturday's 10-2 win for the Phillies, the 22-year-old righty was informed he'd been optioned down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Left-hander J.A. Happ was recalled from Lehigh and will make the start for Philadelphia on Sunday -- a move that did not come as a surprise to Worley, who made his Major League debut throwing one scoreless inning with two strikeouts for the Phillies on Saturday.

Worley said the experience, though short-lived, was completely worth it.

"Absolutely," Worley said. "They saw what I can do and hopefully [I'll] get back up here soon some other day."

His parents and his host parents from Lakewood, N.J., were in attendance at Citizens Bank Park. They saw him strike out two batters without allowing a hit. He tucked the game ball away in his pocket and said he plans to encase it.

"It was exciting, it's my first time, obviously, throwing in front of a huge, huge crowd," Worley said.

Worley was called up from Double-A Reading on Wednesday, so his switch to Lehigh will actually serve as a promotion. He will join the IronPigs' rotation in Happ's place.

Happ will be making his first start for the Phillies since April 15. He was on the disabled list for two months with a left forearm strain.