Padres sign Worrell to minors deal

The San Diego Padres today announced they have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Mark Worrell.

Mark Worrell, 26, missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on March 25. He was acquired by the Padres from St. Louis in exchange for infielder Khalil Greene on December 4, 2008 and was non-tendered by San Diego following the 2009 campaign.

The right-hander made his Major League debut with the Cardinals during the 2008 season, going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA (5 ER/5.2 IP) in four relief appearances. Worrell spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Memphis, where he went 3-3 with five saves, a 2.15 ERA (14 ER/58.2 IP) and 80 strikeouts in 53 games. He averaged 1.36 strikeouts per inning of work while limiting opponents to a .210 batting average.

Originally signed by St. Louis as a 12th-round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida International University, Worrell went 12-17 with 83 saves and a 2.95 ERA (92 ER/280.1 IP) in 242 relief appearances over parts of five minor league seasons in the Cardinals organization (2004-08). He has recorded 329 strikeouts in his 280.1 innings of work, averaging 1.17 strikeouts per inning pitched. In 2005, Worrell was named the Cardinal's Minor League Pitcher of the Year and was the winner of Minor League Baseball's Rolaids Relief Man Award. He was also selected to the Texas League and Pacific Coast League All-Star teams in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


0 Fans online
    Join The Conversation