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January 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 9, 2010
1. Jose Contreras 2. Chad Durbin 3. Brad Lidge 4. Ryan Madson
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August 6, 2009 | By EDDIE MICHELS For the Daily News
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.
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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)
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August 5, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 4, 2009 | by Michael Radano
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.
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January 5, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 24, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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?
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April 12, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN ORDER for the Phillies to keep pace with Atlanta and Washington in the next 6 months, they will need something that has largely been absent in the first 10 days of the season: consistent, quality starting pitching. But since no pitching staff's starting rotation provides seven innings on a daily basis, the Phils will need something else, too: reliable middle relief. In the last two games it wasn't necessary, thanks to another brilliant effort from Cliff Lee and an ugly but gutsy performance from Kyle Kendrick.
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April 10, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bruce Springsteen blared on the sound system at the end of the sixth inning Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. I had a friend who was a big baseball player . . . He could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool, boy . . . Glory days, well, they'll pass you by . . . Roy Halladay wasn't around to hear it. His latest ominous outing had ended after three consecutive batters reached base in the top of the fifth inning....
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January 31, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHAD DURBIN was holding out hope that he would return to the Phillies after spring training began in Clearwater 2 years ago. But on the first day of March he signed with the Cleveland Indians, ending his 3-year tour in Philadelphia. He had hoped to come back before the 2012 season, too, but instead went to camp with the Washington Nationals and latched onto the Atlanta Braves' bullpen shortly before the season got under way. "This year," Durbin said, "it managed to work out. " After Durbin had a successful season in Atlanta in 2012, there was more interest in him this winter than in each of the last two, but once again he had his sights on Philadelphia.
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January 30, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 29, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH PITCHERS and catchers reporting to Clearwater, Fla., in 2 weeks, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hasn't stopped fiddling with his roster. The Phillies added two veterans - a reliever and an infielder - on Monday. The reliever is Chad Durbin, a versatile member of the 2008 World Series champion Phillies. Durbin's 1-year deal is pending a physical. The infielder is Yuniesky Betancourt. Amaro used the same word to describe both acquisitions: depth. Betancourt could compete with Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen for a utility-infielder role this spring.
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March 23, 2011 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Nearly two thousand miles away, Brad Lidge tested his sore arm for 16 pitches on Tuesday as the Phillies front office watched with more than casual interest. If Lidge isn't a healthy closer this season, the job falls to Ryan Madson, and the bullpen domino chain that leads back through the eighth, seventh, and sixth innings will tumble in the process. Even before Lidge's bout with biceps tendinitis, it was fair to ask who would fill the flexible setup role that was held by Chad Durbin for three years.
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January 7, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
This time, there were no issues when a lefthanded reliever came to Philadelphia for a physical to finalize a contract. So J.C. Romero is officially back, with the Phillies announcing the one-year, $1.35 million deal Thursday. Romero, who will turn 35 in June, is taking a significant pay cut to return for his fifth season. His deal also includes performance bonuses. It also could be the final meaningful addition to the Phillies' roster this off-season, meaning that Chad Durbin is likely the odd man out. Trading Joe Blanton remains a priority.
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January 7, 2011 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
It wasn't that the Phillies wanted to do without veteran lefthander J.C. Romero in their bullpen in 2011. But after two suspension- and-injury-marred seasons, they were sure as heck willing to try rather than pick up the $4.5 million option on his contract. So they explored trades to add an experienced lefty. They negotiated with free agents, watched some sign elsewhere and even came to the brink of reaching an agreement with Dennys Reyes before he was red-flagged during a physical.
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