Worley could be in line to start Opening Day

Worley could be in line to start Opening Day

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Twins have yet to name an Opening Day starter, but if right-hander Vance Worley stays on his current schedule, he'd be the club's starting pitcher for the opener on April 1 against the Tigers at Target Field.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he'll wait until after Tuesday's off-day to make an announcement, but Worley is on track to start on Friday and March 27, which would be in line with him starting on Opening Day on April 1.

Worley said he hasn't been told about making that start but acknowledged it would be an honor to take the mound for the Twins in the regular-season opener.

"If it falls that way, yeah, absolutely," Worley said. "I'll take the ball and see what I can do with it, and hopefully bring us a 'W.'"

Worley started against the Orioles on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over four innings. His Grapefruit League ERA is at 6.00, but he says he's happy with the way his pitches are coming along this spring.

"Everything is coming out of my hand the way I want it to, velocity-wise, and my breaking balls are coming out the way I need them to," Worley said.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.