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Worley's Phils experience proves valuable with Twins


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."

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