Something had to change for Vance Worley after 2013. So this offseason, he made a few big changes in his life. The biggest of them this winter wasn't baseball related, but marrying Maricel Vivas in Philadelphia in November. Though Maricel did most of the planning for their wedding, it was still a stressful time for the 26-year-old Worley. Aside from his nuptials, Worley also vowed to lose weight this winter. The Twins asked him to shed some pounds, and Worley did just that. He said Friday that he dropped 28 pounds this offseason with the hopes of being in better shape after a disappointing 2013 season. "I was going to lose weight anyway just because I knew that last couple years, I had a lot of stress on my shoulders with stuff off the field family-wise," Worley said. "I turned to food, as some people do. I put on some weight." Worley now checks in at around 230 pounds, but that statistic isn't as significant as the ones he'll have to produce on the field this spring. Tabbed as Minnesota's Opening Day starter last year, Worley's major-league season lasted just 10 games as he was eventually demoted to Triple-A Rochester. Injuries in Rochester cut his season short and he didn't pitch after July 7. A less-than-stellar and injury-plagued season is one Worley is trying hard to forget. "I don't even think about it," said Worley, who was 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts with the Twins. "I wasn't too happy with that year and how it went. I just put it behind me, and I've just got to worry about today." Worley is one of several candidates battling for the fifth and final spot in the Twins' starting rotation. He came into camp last spring after a trade with Philadelphia, fully expected to win a starting job. Now, his immediate future is not so certain. He'll have competition from Samuel Deduno, Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson, all of whom are fighting for one job in the rotation after Minnesota signed Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes and re-signed Mike Pelfrey this winter.
Worley loses weight, hopes to gain job
Fox Sports North | Feb 28