SARASOTA, Fla. – Will the “Vanimal” be a part of the Orioles this season? With the Orioles leaving Florida next Friday morning, Vance Worley isn’t sure where he’ll be.
“I’ve got nothing. Just do as I’m told,” Worley said on Saturday morning.
The Orioles acquired Worley, whose Twitter handle is “Vanimal_46” on waivers from Pittsburgh in October.
“I’m just doing what I can to contribute here, whether it’s as a starter or go to the pen. I’m trying to make the club. That’s why I play the game because I like to compete. Being a part of this club with these guys means a lot to me. That’s what I’m shooting for,” Worley said.
Entering Saturday’s game, Worley has a 5.56 ERA in 11 1/3 innings. He’s given up nine runs, seven earned and 14 hits.
“I’m here to have a good time and play this game. Whether I’m starting or relieving, that’s on them,” Worley said.
“I pretty much have shown everything I can do. It’s up to them what they want to do.”
The 28-year-old Worley is happy with how he’s thrown, but the Orioles have a difficult decision because Worley is out of options.
“I think I’ve thrown the ball really well with the exception of a couple of pitches. Everything’s been coming out, doing what I want it to do. For the most part, been down in the zone, so I can’t complain,” Worley said.
He seems happy with the Orioles, who would be his fourth major league team and says he’s comfortable in the clubhouse.
“It all starts in here. If we’re having a good time, and enjoying each other’s company and pushing one another, it’s going to translate out there,” Worley said.
NOTES: Matt Wieters said that he’s moving towards catching. He hasn’t caught a game since leaving one two weeks ago. He’s planning on throwing to bases for the first time.
“We’re getting to the point now where it feels as good as it did before I hurt it two weeks ago. Hopefully, get back out there, keep it strong and keep it healthy,” Wieters said.
-Ubaldo Jimenez starts on Sunday night at Bradenton against Pittsburgh. Mike Wright is Monday starter in Fort Myers against Boston, and Miguel Gonzalez is scheduled to face Atlanta on Tuesday.