PITTSBURGH -- Phillies right-hander Vance Worley has always had a healthy dose of confidence in his abilities.
But he said he feels no more relaxed or no more comfortable than he felt last season, when he found himself pitching in a once-in-a-lifetime rotation because of injuries to Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton. Worley, who went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA and finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year vote, makes his 2012 debut Sunday afternoon against the Pirates at PNC Park.
"It's no different," he said Saturday. "I'm not going to assume I have the job won. I'm going to have to continue to earn that spot."
That feeling might provide Worley a little extra push on the mound, but in reality, he has established himself as the team's No. 4 starter, although he is pitching third out of the gate. The Phillies have Cole Hamels pitching the home opener Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
One off-the-field example of how life has changed for Worley? Last year at this time, he only had a couple pairs of his trademark Oakley prescription glasses, because he had to pay for them out of pocket.
Now Oakley sent him five pairs -- on the house.
"I'm coming up in the world," Worley joked.