Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies: Jamie Moyer Is Out, Vance Worley Is In

NEW YORK - MAY 25: Jamie Moyer #52 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks back to the dugout in the 5th inning against the New York Mets on May 25, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Bob CunninghamSenior Analyst IJuly 22, 2010

Jamie Moyer, who had to leave Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning after injuring his elbow, is headed to the disabled list. And, by the sounds of it, he'll be there for quite some time.

Skipper Charlie Manuel compared the injury to J.A. Happ's—an injury that sidelined Happ since April 16th and only has him scheduled to return to the rotation on Saturday. Given Moyer's age, it likely means we've seen the last of him for the 2010 season.

To take his place (and the place of the short-lived Andrew Carpenter experiment), the Phillies have called up Vance Worley from Double-A Reading, skipping Lehigh Valley to come to Philly. Worley will take a long relief role in the bullpen after going 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts for Reading.

Worley was the team's third-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft back in 2008.

If Manuel is right and Moyer is going to miss at least a couple months because of this injury, it makes it that much more likely the Phils will soon be swinging a trade for a starting pitcher rather than pulling guys up from Triple-A to round out the rotation.

However, if trade talks fall through, it's possible Worley could be given a chance to start in Moyer's place this upcoming Sunday.

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