MIAMI -- Phillies right-hander Vance Worley is pitching with a bone chip in his right elbow and is 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in eight starts since the end of June.
So, naturally, a lot of fans have been asking if the Phillies could shut down Worley for the remainder of the season, despite the fact that he maintains the injury is not a factor in his recent struggles. The school of thought is Worley could have a surgical procedure to remove the bone chips and begin his road to recovery sooner rather than later.
But the Phillies said there has been no discussion about that.
"My understanding is the issue isn't going to take a whole offseason to recover from," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "As long as he can still pitch and there's not a risk of him hurting himself ... and from everything I understand, there's no issue there. He's pitched some good games, he's pitched some bad games. You've got to remember last year was his first time around. The second time around, you've got to make adjustments. My impression is [Worley's struggles] are not related to the issue.
"I haven't been involved in any discussions whatsoever with shutting him down."