January 29, 2013 |
Two winters ago, it was no secret Chad Durbin craved a return to Philadelphia. He had spent the previous three seasons as one of the more durable middle-relief arms in baseball. But the Phillies wanted a younger pitcher to fill Durbin's role. Durbin settled for a job in Cleveland and sputtered to a 5.53 ERA and a forgettable season. "I pitched in meaningless innings," Durbin said. "It's terrible to say it that way, but I was throwing in the third and fourth innings of nine-run games in front of 10,000 people.
September 9, 2010
1. Jose Contreras 2. Chad Durbin 3. Brad Lidge 4. Ryan Madson
August 6, 2009 |
Phillies righthander Chad Durbin tossed a scoreless inning last night for Class A Clearwater in the Threshers' 5-1 win over Dunedin. Durbin, making his first rehab appearance, allowed one hit and a walk while striking out two. Of his 20 pitches, 13 were for strikes. He went on the disabled list on July 23 with a back ailment. "It felt really good," Durbin said. "There was no anticipation of anything and no pain at all. The hard work the trainers have done has really paid off. " Durbin is looking forward to tomorrow and his next rehab appearance.
August 25, 2010
A perfect gift One by one, the Phillies players walked up to Roy Halladay before Tuesday night's game and shook his hand. Halladay's smile was the widest it has been since he joined the team. The righthander purchased around 60 Swiss-made Baumé & Mercier watches to commemorate his perfect game May 29 against the Marlins. He gave out the watches as gifts to everyone in the clubhouse - all of the players who were on the active roster then, the entire coaching staff, all clubhouse personnel (including batboy Rob DiClementi)
August 5, 2009 |
It appears the Phillies' troika of middle relievers who factored significantly in last season's World Series title run will be out a little longer than the club had originally hoped. Lefthander J.C. Romero, who went on the disabled list with a strained left forearm, was eligible to be activated yesterday. But assistant general manager Scott Proefrock conceded that Romero is coming along a little more slowly than hoped. "Yeah, I would think that's fair to say," Proefrock said before the Phillies began a six-game homestand last night against Colorado.
November 4, 2009 |
Position: Righthanded relief pitcher Height, weight: 6-2, 185 Age: 36. Birthdate: June 30, 1973 Hometown: Kong Ju City, South Korea Years in the majors: 16 How acquired: Signed as a free agent on Jan. 6, 2009. Season: Park signed with the Phillies hoping to fill out their five-man rotation. That didn't work out as expected, but Park became a key component of the bullpen and the Phillies' return to the playoffs. Park appeared in 45 games this year, 38 as a reliever, and compiled a 4.43 ERA. He allowed 84 hits over 83 1/3 innings of work.
January 5, 2010 |
Today is the first day players can file for arbitration, and the four eligible Phillies are likely to be due for some raises. Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz, Joe Blanton, and Chad Durbin have until Jan. 15 to file for arbitration after the Phils tendered the players contract offers last month. All four are likely to file during that period. Victorino, who made $3.1 million last season after signing a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, could see the largest raise. The centerfielder batted .292 with 60 RBIs and 25 steals last season, when he won his second straight Gold Glove.
November 24, 2010 |
It was a no-brainer for the Phillies to offer Jayson Werth arbitration on Tuesday. The decision on Chad Durbin left room for debate, but the team decided against risking a raise it was uncomfortable paying to the righthanded reliever. The decisions don't affect the Phillies' ability to negotiate with the two free agents. What it means is they will receive compensation if Werth, a Type A free agent, signs elsewhere; and no compensation if Durbin leaves. The arbitration offer to Werth was expected - it's a win-win for the Phillies.
September 24, 2010
Septembers to remember: The Phillies have won 18 games in September. The franchise record is 22, set in 1916 and matched in 1983. Everybody not named Jose Bautista: With nine games remaining, the Phillies have hit 154 home runs this season. Even in a season when power numbers are generally down across baseball, that's a steep decline for a team that launched 224 bombs in 2009. Little help here: Everybody knows the Phillies just finished sweeping the Braves. But did you realize that they did it by starting a lineup each night that didn't include a single regular batting .300?