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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Roy Oswalt has read all about 11-1 Vance Worley, and how the rookie may be the Phillies' No. 4 starter in the playoffs.
“When I read all the stuff in the paper, I thought I had been released,” said Oswalt, in the playful spirit of the moment. “I thought I might not have a job.”

That was before the 34-year-old veteran looked dominating for the first five innings of the Phils' 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves Wednesday.

Now what?

Charlie Manuel isn't saying. He doesn't have to, not yet. But he was up front about one thing Wednesday: It's a race, and Worley is being given serious consideration as a postseason starter.

“I think that's a question that should be asked,” he said. “Look what he has done. That speaks for itself. That speaks volumes. That tells you how good he's been.”

Best guess: Worley goes to the bullpen, if for no other reason than to spare Oswalt's achy back the chore of an in-game warmup.

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