You can say what you want about Tim Worrell and his psychological meltdown, but who else thinks this may have been a chronic condition? If his pitching is any indication, then the move to Philadelphia last year may have been the spark that lit his crazy match. He has consistently underperformed and blew more than his fair share of saves and games. Now, I’m not one to kick a guy when he’s down – he did a fair job of filling in for Wagner last year – but as a player on a team of 25 you have a responsibility to keep yourself in top physical and mental shape. If there was a time before Thursday (and I suspect there was) when Tim knew he was having issues and that they could potentially affect his game, he needed to tell someone. Players aren’t supposed to play through injuries, especially not this early in the season, and this case is no exception. I am not convinced this hasn’t been a larger issues and I am disappointed he didn’t come to terms with his “personal psychological problems” sooner. Nonetheless, I wish Tim a speedy recovery, because a sane pitcher has a much higher trade value than an insane one.
So moving forward, the Phillies used the extra roster spot to call up 23 year-old Robinson Tejada from AAA Scranton. Tejada is 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA in 5 starts spanning 28 1/3 innings for the Red Barons this year. Last year was spent entirely in Reading where he was ranked 4th in strikeouts but 1st in HR allowed (a Reading record, 29). He appears to have shed this Eric Milton-like characteristic as he’s yet to give up a dinger this season, but I highly doubt CBP will be as forgiving as Lackawanna County Stadium.