NEW YORK — Orioles right-hander Vance Worley admitted he was surprised when he was removed from his relief outing Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay after throwing just 16 pitches over 1 2/3 innings.
When manager Buck Showalter went to the mound to remove Worley from the Orioles' eventual 5-2 loss to the Rays, it was to preserve him for Tuesday, when Worley will fill the team's empty rotation spot against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
"Buck said, 'You're done today. We just wanted to give you a little bit of work. Be ready for [Tuesday],'" Worley said. "Didn't say anything about a pitch count or anything, but I'm going to treat it like any other outing and try to go as long as I can and throw up zeroes."
This will be Worley's first start since April 15. He's pitched well in a long-relief role this season, and carries a 2.87 ERA overall this year.
"I get the ball and I go as long as I can," Worley said. "I'm not sure I [fit] in any role. Now, I get to do it as a starter, and we'll see what happens."
It will be Worley's first appearance at the new Yankee Stadium. He didn't pitch here during his only previous American League season in 2013 with the Minnesota Twins.
"It's different," Worley said. "I didn't know what to expect. It was new, the year before I debuted. I'm just happy it was one of the two that I have left to go to, but obviously it's the Yankees and everybody talks highly about this place. It's a good team over there, and I'll go out there and give these guys a shot to win."
After pitching in The Bronx on Tuesday, Worley will have just one more major league stadium where he hasn't pitched.
"Oakland," he said. "A little different than this place. But that's the last one."
Hunter Harvey to see Dr. James Andrews: Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will visit renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews following his latest arm ailment, according to an industry source.
Harvey left his last outing with short-season Aberdeen on Saturday with right forearm soreness after 1 1/3 innings and just 23 pitches against Batavia.
An MRI was scheduled for Monday and the result of that test was unknown, but it prompted Harvey to visit Andrews to get his opinion on the injury.
It's far too soon to believe that Harvey needs surgery, especially given the fact that past elbow issues haven't led to it, but visits to Andrews are steps that sometimes lead to Tommy John procedures (elbow ligament reconstruction).
Harvey was shut down one month early in 2014, his first full minor league season, with forearm soreness and missed the entire 2015 season with a hairline fracture in his shin after taking a come-backer in a minor league spring training game and then with more arm soreness. He received a platelet rich plasma injection to help his recovery, but didn't pitch the rest of the season.
Harvey was pitching in Aberdeen to increase his inning count following sports hernia surgery.
Around the horn: Showalter didn't rule out the possibility of set-up man Darren O'Day returning from the disabled list shortly after his scheduled simulated game Tuesday afternoon. "Knowing Darren, I trust him a lot," Showalter said. "He knows what it's supposed to feel like and look like to pitch at this level. It'd be a good shot in the arm for us to get him back. … Showalter said the team will likely make a decision on whether the Orioles will place OF Hyun Soo Kim on the disabled list. Kim is scheduled to test his ailing right hamstring again Tuesday and hit in O'Day's simulated game. If he is placed on the DL, it can be backdated up to 10 days – so up until Wednesday – allowing Kim to be eligible to return on July 26. … Monday marked the Orioles' 91st game of the regular season, but was their first of 10 games at Yankee Stadium this year. … The Orioles bullpen entered Monday having recorded 23 wins this season, most in the majors.