J.D. Durbin’s departure could pave the way for the Phillies to acquire help from outside the organization. [Link]
The right-hander was arguably the team’s worst pitcher this spring, pitching to a 12.33 ERA in 15 1-3 innings. Teams can put in a claim, although it’s very possible no one will and the Real Deal will end up back with the club taking a minor league assignment. The move leaves 10 pitchers in camp, including five arms in the bullpen. Charlie Manuel said he’s concerned about the middle of the bullpen, which could be fortified through the waiver wire or trade in the next few days. The club continues to shop Wes Helms, with most reports saying it’s more likely than not he won't be with the team opening day. Time is running out.
Phillies finish Grapefruit League schedule today: With a chance to push their record to 13-15, Adam Eaton and the Phillies travel to Lakeland to play the Tigers in their Florida finale. Record-wise, the Phillies are sitting just below the middle of the pack at 12-15. The Rays (17-6), Marlins (18-9) and Mets (18-10) represent the teams with the best showings in Grapefruit League play.