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Worrell released

Former Cardinals reliever Mark Worrell, who ripped St. Louis management for not giving him what he considered to be a fair shot to make the big league club, has been released by the Padres organization.

Worrell, who features a funk sidearm delivery that's tough for righty hitters to pick up,  had a 5.45 ERA for San Diego's Class AAA affiliate. He was traded to the Padres in 2009 along with Luke Gregorson for Khalil Greene.

Mark Worrell pitches in the Cardinals minor league system prior to being traded to the Padres.

Ironically, the Cardinals were the only one of Worrell's two clubs to give him any chance in the major leagues at all. He never pitched in the majors for the Padres. He pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Birds in 2008, allowing eight hits and four walks to go with four strikeouts. It all added up to a 7.94 ERA.

While Khalil Greene proved to be a washout with the Cardinals, Worrell was also a complete bust for San Diego. He had Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2009 season. This year he pitched only five innings in spring training, allowing six hits and three unearned runs, before being shipped out to the minors.

He is not related to former Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell.