Ottawa right-hander J.D. Durbin will have his contract purchased to pitch one of the Friday double-header games against the Mets, 610-WIP radio has reported. The Phillies have not decided whether he will pitch the first or second game.
Durbin, a 25-year-old power right-hander, was a former top prospect of the Twins who ran out of options, bounced around the waiver wire and fell into Philadelphia hands earlier this season. He's gone 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 starts with the Lynx but has settled in lately. On Saturday, he allowed two runs over seven innings. Durbin, a former second-round pick who used to hit high-90s early in his career, needed surgery for a partially torn labrum in 2004 and suffered tendinitus in 2005, then missed time with a pinched bicep nerve in 2006. Last season, managers rated his curveball as the best breaking pitch in the International League. Baseball America had him as the Twins 10th best prospect this season, which would probably make him a top 5-10 player in the Phillies' system.
Beerleaguer: I'm not an expert on contracts, but it's my understanding that since Durbin already cleared waivers, the Phillies have "secured waivers for the remainder of the waiver period," which means he won't need to pass through waivers again when/if they send him back down. I could be wrong, but that's my understanding. That's why Clay Condrey didn't need to pass through waivers a few weeks ago.
I'm okay with the call-up. In re-reading his bio, I'm reminded he's a legit prospect with upside. He has control problems because of all the missed time, and chances are, they'll creep into the picture against the veteran Mets. But for one start, it's worth a go since they have no one who truly qualifies any better. He's been steady for Ottawa. A day of Cole Hamels and a total stranger could be a tough assignment for the Mets.