Well, the Minnesota Twins have officially named right-hander Vance Worley as their Opening Day starter this afternoon. Despite Worley having a 6.35 ERA (12 ER in 17 IP) in five starts, the Twins still see Worley the best choice for their rotation (I'll have what they're having, please).
Worley, who began his career with the Phillies, was traded to Minnesota along with RHP Trevor May in return for CF Ben Revere on December 6th.
Worley had a poor 2012 season after being plagued with bone chips in his throwing elbow. He finished the season on the DL after posting a 6-9 record and a 4.20 ERA in 23 starts. Worley shined in his rookie year (2011), attaining an 11-3 record with a 3.01 ERA. The Phillies won 14 straight games started by Worley, despite Worley not receiving a decision every time.
The Twins will open up the 2013 season at home against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Worley will go toe-to-toe with Tigers ace Justin Verlander and will most likely be the Twins' number one guy in the rotation.
Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.