Tim Worrell

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Timothy Howard Worrell

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Tim Worrell was a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. During his fourteen-year Major League career, Worrell pitched for nine teams, including the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants (twice), Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks. Worrell’s greatest success came in 2003, when he replaced the injured Robb Nen as the closer for San Francisco. After the season, Worrell signed with the Phillies, where he returned to his previous role as a set-up man, often pitching the 8th inning before Phillies closer Billy Wagner entered the game.

Worrell is the younger brother of former Major League pitcher Todd Worrell, himself a former closer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

On May 6, 2005, Worrell stated that he was dealing with "personal psychological issues" that had to be resolved, and subsequently was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Prior to this disclosure, Worrell had struggled, posting a 9.82 ERA, by far the worst of his career. Seemingly back to his old self, Worrell returned to pitch a perfect 9th on July 4th. At the end of the month, he was traded to Arizona. He then returned to San Francisco for a final season in 2006.

After his playing days, Worrell became a coach in the San Diego Padres' organization in charge of pitchers on rehabilitation assignments. He was assistant pitching coach of the AZL Padres in 2013-2014.


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