Mark Worrell Replaces Kelvin Jimenez on the Mound for Cardinals

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IJune 1, 2008

After a horrendous outing against the Pirates on Saturday, the Cardinals optioned reliever Kelvin Jimenez to Triple-A Memphis.

The Cardinals recalled Mark Worrell to fill the void. Worrell, known for his unorthodox sidearm delivery, will make it more difficult for right-handed hitters to detect the ball coming out of his hand.

Even manager Tony La Russa hoped that the unusual pitching style would give the Cardinals more stability in the bullpen.

"Anything unorthodox is usually more uncomfortable for hitters," La Russa said. "We'll see how it works in the big leagues."

La Russa also added that Worrell had been on the cusp of breaking into the majors for a couple of years now.

It seems he will get his chance. However, Worrell's atypical pitching delivery isn't the only thing turning heads.

Throwing 24 innings with only a 1.88 ERA in 2008 so far, Worrell has fanned 38 batters, while only walking 11.

During Saturday's game against the Pirates, Jimenez threw 3 1/3 innings of relief but then jammed his thumb after a swing at the plate. He consequently gave up three home runs, including a grand slam in the 14-4 loss.