Right-hander J.D. Durbin, 25, has only appeared in one game this season for Arizona. Out of options, Philadelphia is his fourth team since March 29. It may not be his final destination.
A second-round pick of the Twins in 2000, Durbin had previously appeared in the major leagues in 2004, pitching four games for the Twins. Durbin has a career minor league record of 47-22 with a 3.16 ERA in 123 games (117 starts). The move brings the Phillies to 39 players on their 40-man roster.
Baseball America rated Durbin as the Twins tenth-best prospect going into this season, but the hard-throwing righty was out of options and was claimed by Arizona on April 4. The Diamondbacks then tried to pass him through waivers and Boston claimed him on Monday. Boston tried the same thing and now he's Phillies property.
Durbin originally reached Minnesota at age 22 but his career was derailed by shoulder surgery to repair a partially torn labrum. Since then, he's suffered tendinitis and nerve problems in his biceps. When healthy, Durbin can hit high 90s with a complimentary tight curveball. Command is a major hurdle for him at this stage.
Durbin's addition could mean the kiss of death for any number of relievers, including Clay Condrey, who gave up a run in last night's ballgame and is out of options himself. Or, the Phillies could try the same thing the others tried. He does not seem ready to pitch in the majors. In that game with Arizona, Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits.
Judging from the title of his myspace page, Durbin knows exactly what he wants from life.