14-year veteran is in 2nd stint with San Francisco, where he has compiled 17-13 record with 44 saves ad 3.25 ERA (90er, 249.0ip) in 252 relief outings (2001-03 and 2006)...ranks 7th in Giants franchise history with his 44 saves, 4 behind Scott Garrelts (48) for 6th place...is expected to be ready by 2007 Spring Training, after undergoing right shoulder surgery Aug. 23...during 1st tour of duty in SF uniform, logged career-low 2.25 ERA in career-best 80 outings as set-up man for 2002 NL champions, then recorded sixth-highest save total in franchise history with 38 rescues in 2003...as emergency fill-in for injured closer Robb Nen, fashioned 2.87 ERA as SF captured 2003 NL West title...right-handed hurler has logged 48-59 lifetime record with 71 saves and 3.97 ERA over 678 ML games (49 starts)...younger brother of former All-Star closer Todd Worrell, has seen big league action with San Diego (1993-97), Detroit (1998), Cleveland (1998), Oakland (1998-99), Baltimore (2000), Chicago Cubs (2000), San Francisco (2001-03 and 2006), Philadelphia (2004-05) and Arizona (2005)...in 629 career relief appearances, has forged 3.48 ERA (274er, 708.2ip) with .246 avg. against (665-for-2,704).
Graduated from Maranatha (Sierra Madre, CA) High School in 1985...attended Biola (La Mirada, CA) University where he was 1st-team All-NAIA District 3 pick in 1989...married (Misty Splittorff, Dec. 5, 1992)...has 4 sons (Kaleb T., Nov. 27, 1994; Austin Christopher, June 16, 1997, Tyler Nicholas, Oct. 8, 1998 and Jordan Steven, Nov. 15, 2001).
Is veteran of 3 post seasons, having advanced to playoffs with San Diego in 1996 and with Giants in both 2002 and 2003...has been unscored upon in 12 of his 17 career outings on October stage, going 3-2 with 3.72 ERA...led all SF hurlers with 3 victories during club's run to 2002 World Series, while tying for team lead with 13 appearances...was winning pitcher in Games 4 and 5 of NLCS vs. St. Louis, and Game 4 of World Series vs. Anaheim.
A Giant in the Community:
During initial Giants stint, served as Juvenile Diabetes spokesperson, while lending his time to such community endeavors as the Responsible Fatherhood Campaign.
Veteran hurler returned to SF over winter and started strong, but saw season derailed because of injuries...was placed on 15-day Disabled List May 23-June 6 with cervical strain (bulging disc in neck)...after brief return, landed back on DL with same injury July 1 (retro to June 8)...was transferred to 60-day DL July 22, and missed remainder of season...underwent right shoulder surgery Aug. 23, procedure performed by Dr. Ken Akizuki...began year pitching great baseball, serving as Giants' closer when Armando Benitez began season on DL...went 6-for-6 in save opportunities and notched one victory in 1st 7 outings, recording tremendous 1.23 ERA (1er, 7.1ip)...however, yielded 11.08 ERA (16er, 13.0ip) while pitching through pain in his final 16 appearances.
Opened year in Philadelphia bullpen, but was acquired by Arizona in exchange for IF Matt Kata July 21...combined for 1-2 record with save and 4.07 ERA in 51 outings...excelled in 32 appearances with Diamondbacks, forging 2.27 ERA (8er, 31.2ip)...in fact, closed campaign by going 1-0 with impressive 0.90 ERA (2er, 20.0ip) and .147 avg. against (10-for-68) over final 18 efforts...struggled with Phillies, posting 7.19 ERA (14er, 17.0ip) in 19 games...was placed on Disabled List May 5-July 4 due to personal reasons...made 5 rehab appearances with single-A Lakewood and double-A Reading.
Pitched in 77 games, fourth-highest single-season total in Phillies franchise history...workload is surpassed only by Kent Tekulve (90 outings in 1987), Rheal Cormier (84 in 2004) and Ryan Madson (78 in 2005)...started season in set-up role, but stepped in twice when closer Billy Wagner was on DL and went 19-for-27 (70.4%) in save opportunities...held right-handed hitters to .211 avg. (35-for-166).
Assumed SF closer role following season-ending disablement of Robb Nen and excelled, ranking 4th in NL with career-high 38 saves (in 45 opportunities)...logged 6th-highest single-season save total in franchise history, and became just 4th Giants pitcher to amass at least 30 rescues...Opening Day save March 31 at San Diego was his 1st since Sept. 27, 2000 (with Cubs, vs. Philadelphia) and was 1st by SF hurler other than Nen since Brian Boehringer Oct. 4, 2001 (at Houston)...converted 13 of his last 14 save opportunities down stretch as Giants won NL West title... worked in pair of NLDS contests vs. Marlins, not allowing earned run over 2.2 innings...suffered loss in Game 3 at Florida, as dropped fly ball led to pair of unearned runs in bottom of 11th.
Emerged as SF set-up man while forging career-low 2.25 ERA...led Giants staff and ranked 3rd among NL relievers with career-high 80 appearances, logging 68-scoreless efforts (85.0%)...posted 8 victories, 1 shy of his career high and tied for most among NL relief hurlers (with teammate Felix Rodriguez, STL's Jeff Fassero and AZ's Byung-Hyun Kim)...won each of his 1st 7 decisions, becoming 1st SF hurler to do so since John Burkett also began 7-0 en route to 22-7 campaign in 1993...fashioned 1.95 ERA (13er, 60.0ip) over his final 69 regular season efforts, beginning April 26...was stellar during SF's drive to Wild Card, posting 1.80 ERA (2er, 10.0ip) in 12 Sept. outings...provided outstanding relief during post season, leading Giants with 3 victories in 13 outings (matching Felix Rodriguez for most on staff)...was unscored upon in 7-straight playoff outings (7.2ip), last 3 efforts in NLCS and 1st 4 appearances of World Series...was winning pitcher in Games 4 and 5 of NLCS vs. St. Louis and Game 4 of WS against Anaheim, all 3 contests 1-run victories at AT&T Park.
Off-season trade acquisition proved to be invaluable part of SF bullpen...despite spending stint on Disabled List, ranked 3rd on Giants staff with 73 appearances...posted 2-5 mark with 3.45 ERA while logging 48 scoreless efforts (65.8%)...was shelved July 15-24 with tendinitis in right shoulder.. allowed just 5 earned runs in 20.2 innings over his final 21 appearances (2.18 ERA).
Had solid season for Cubs after starting year with Baltimore...posted 3-4 record with 3 saves and 2.47 ERA in 54 appearances for Chicago...recorded 1st save of season July 9 vs. White Sox, tossing final inning of 9-6 victory...was 1st save since July 18, 1997 while with San Diego...started season with Baltimore, going 2-2 with 7.36 ERA in 5 games for Orioles...was released May 1 and signed minor league deal with Chicago May 8...made 6 relief appearances for triple-A Iowa before having contract purchased by Cubs May 27.
Made 53 relief appearances for Oakland, going 2-2 with 4.15 ERA...ranked 3rd on club in appearances, despite stint on DL July 20-Aug. 8 with strained left rib cage.
Pitched for Detroit, Cleveland and Oakland during campaign, posting 2-7 overall mark with 5.24 ERA in 43 games (9 starts)...began season in Tigers starting rotation, going 2-6 with 6.61 ERA in 9 starts before being sent to bullpen...made 6 relief appearances for Detroit prior to being traded to Cleveland June 24...made just 3 appearances out of bullpen before being traded to Oakland July 12.
Made 60 appearances (10 starts) in his 5th and final season with San Diego...overall, was 4-8 with 5.16 ERA...was also 3-for-3 in save opportunities after posting just 1 save in previous 4 campaigns...opened season with 10 starts in his 1st 11 appearances...however, was used exclusively out of bullpen after May 29.
Established career-bests in wins (9), innings pitched (121.0) and strikeouts (99), while posting 3.05 ERA...split time between rotation and bullpen, going 3-6 with 4.65 ERA as starter (11 starts) and 6-1 with 1.54 ERA and 1 save as reliever (39 appearances)...led all NL relievers in ERA and opponents batting average against (.137)...earned 1st career save July 16 at Los Angeles...struck out career-high 9 batters in 6.0 innings July 6 vs. San Francisco.
Missed majority of season recovering from elbow surgery performed May 12, 1994...was not activated from DL until Sept. 1...after returning to action, went 1-0 with 4.73 ERA in 9 relief appearances with Padres...before returning to big leagues, made 19 rehab appearances combined at single-A Rancho Cucamonga and triple-A Las Vegas.
Began season with Padres and made 3 starts before suffering season-ending right elbow injury...was placed on DL April 19 and had "Tommy John" surgery performed by Dr. Frank Jobe May 12.
Opened season at Las Vegas and was promoted to San Diego June 24...went 2-7 with 4.92 ERA in 21 games (16 starts) for Padres...made Major League debut June 29 vs. Cubs, taking 6-2 loss...posted 1st big league victory July 24, tossing 8.0 innings vs. Montreal.
Split season between double-A Wichita and Las Vegas...was promoted to triple-A level for 1st time July 18... threw no-hitter over Giants triple-A Phoenix club Sept. 9.
Pitched for pair of double-A clubs, Waterloo and High Desert...was named to Midwest League mid-season All-Star team with Waterloo after going 8-4 with 3.34 ERA...posted 3 complete games and 2 shutouts with Waterloo before helping High Desert to California League title.
Spent 1st professional season at single-A Charleston...went 5-8 with 4.64 ERA in 20 games (19 starts).