Worley optioned to Triple-A Rochester after loss

ATLANTA — After giving up a career-worst eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings against the Braves on Wednesday, Vance Worley was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game. The Twins will make a corresponding roster move on Friday, presumably to bring up Samuel Deduno to start against the Tigers.

Worley, who was the club’s Opening Day starter and was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Revere to Philadelphia this offseason, has struggled his year with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts. The right-hander struck out just 25, walked 15 and served up nine homers over 48 3/3 innings.

“I just need to work on being myself and getting back to what I was doing,” said Worley, who had a career 3.50 ERA in three seasons with the Phillies. “They haven’t seen what I’ve been capable of doing. Ever since I’ve been here, it’s been a battle so I need to figure it out.”

Worley left the ball up against the Braves and ended up giving up 10 hits and three homers, including a grand slam to Evan Gattis.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Worley needs to work on locating his pitches better while pitching down in Rochester.

“We’re counting on him,” Gardenhire said. “He has to pitch better than that. He needs to get the ball down and start making quality pitches. Even time he makes a bad pitch they make him pay for it. He can turn it around but he needs to make that happen.”

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