Worley signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Tuesday which includes an invitation to spring training. Worley spent the 2017 season with the Marlins, splitting time between Triple-A New Orleans and the big club. He worked as a starter and reliever for Miami, though he struggled in both roles and finished the season with a 6.91 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 50:30 K:BB in 71.2 innings. Worley did post a more respectable 4.90 FIP, and he owns a 4.09 ERA over his eight-year career (667 innings), so he'll get a shot to break camp with the Reds as a long reliever.
Worley was outrighted from the 40-man roster Saturday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Worley accumulated a 6.91 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over the course of 71.2 innings with the Marlins this season. He split time between the bullpen and the rotation, but was never able to settle into a clearly defined role with the big-league club.
Worley pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts to collect his first save of the season during Monday's win over the Mets. Worley received a start in his previous outing Sept. 14, so his usage Monday indicates that he'll be ticketed for a bullpen role this week, with Odrisamer Despaigne likely slotting back into the rotation. Considering Worley had allowed 32 runs through just 26.1 innings over his previous eight appearances for a 10.59 ERA and 2.39 WHIP, it's unlikely that the right-hander will see much usage in high-leverage relief situations over the final couple weeks of the season.
Worley (2-6) allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits and two walks while striking out just four batters through only 1.1 innings during Thursday's loss to Philadelphia. This was a spot start for Worley and also his first since Aug. 29, so thankfully, it was difficult to turn to him in the majority of settings. He's now allowed 31 runs over just 20.1 innings through his past seven appearances, so fantasy owners are probably wise to steer clear of Worley moving forward.
Worley will start Thursday's game against the Phillies, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Miami decided to push Jose Urena's start back by a day, so Worley will step in for the last minute spot start. Worley has struggled to a 6.35 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 11 starts this season, so it would be unwise to expect much from him Thursday. He also hasn't pitched more than 32 pitches since transitioning to the bullpen at the end of August, so he'll likely be on a pitch limit.