The Phillies reintroduced Chad Durbin to the Philadelphia media on Tuesday after placing him on the 40-man roster. To make room, they designated J.C. Ramirez for assignment.
Durbin is officially back with the Phillies to round out (or not yet?) a bullpen that appears vastly improved from a season ago. Likely to share seventh-inning duties with Antonio Bastardo, the duo will set up an intimidating one-two punch of Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth and ninth innings.
Returning to the Phillies after a two-year hiatus spent in Clevelend and Atlanta, the 35-year-old righthander said he’s back with the club he never wanted to leave in the first place.
“I like playing here,” Durbin told reporters, including CSNPhilly.com’s Corey Seidman, at the Bank. “I like the way the organization treats its players and people. I like the way it feels [at Citizens Bank Park]. And just a bunch of good guys in the clubhouse.”
And if his career numbers are any indication, Durbin should enjoy his return to the Bank, a stadium where he’s pitched more games than anywhere else in his career. In 103 appearances there, he’s accumulated a 5-2 record, 2.90 ERA, two saves and a 1.2 WHIP.
J.C. Ramirez, whom the Phillies DFA’d to make space for Durbin, split time between Reading and Lehigh Valley last season, recording a 4.01 ERA and 1.3 WHIP in 45 appearances out of the ’pen. The 24-year-old was one of the pieces the Phillies acquired from the Mariners in the Cliff Lee deal in 2009.