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.