PITTSBURGH -- It has been a long road back for Vance Worley.
Worley pitched for the Phillies from 2010-12, finishing third in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 before the Phillies traded the popular right-hander to Minnesota in December 2012 as part of the Ben Revere trade. Worley struggled in Minnesota in 2013 and again in Spring Training this year, when the Twins placed him on waivers and outrighted him to Triple-A before trading him to the Pirates in March for cash.
But Worley is back in the big leagues, healthy and pitching effectively after solving some simple mechanical problems. He is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts. He pitched Thursday, so he missed facing his former team by one day. But he could get a chance to the face the Phillies in September, when the Pirates visit Citizens Bank Park.
Asked if he thought about a potential return to the Phillies, Worley said: "It would have been nice. My wife is out there and everything else, but it's part of the game. Why would they take a chance on me after struggling last year and doing pretty bad this spring again? It's just a matter of who wants to take the risk, and these guys were all about it."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.