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Durbin Gets the Call

J.D. Durbin, Travelin' Man, will start for the Phillies Friday against the Mets:

Righthander J.D. Durbin will have his contract purchased by the Phillies on Friday, June 29 and start for the team that day, Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.
Durbin, 25, is 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 starts this season for triple-A Ottawa. In 133 career minor league games (127 starts), Durbin is 49-27 with a 3.28 ERA.

Durbin, you'll remember, is the guy who was a Twin, Diamondback, Red Sock and Phillie in the span of about two weeks this March and April. A former high draft pick of the Twins who was expected to emerge as a mid-rotation starter, he's never been able to stick in the majors. Durbin has shown a pretty good strikeout rate throughout his pro career, averaging 8.2 Ks per 9 innings at triple-A Rochester last season, and he's been pretty good at keeping the ball in the park (just 3 HR allowed in 89 IP last season)--though he's allowed 9 bombs in 59.1 IP with Ottawa this year, which is a little scary. He walks a lot of hitters, and there have long been questions about his makeup and composure.

Still unclear is who will start for the Phillies Saturday. With another callup or a bullpen game likely, and Kyle Kendrick projected to make his fourth big-league start Sunday, just a split of the four-game Mets series would be something of an accomplishment.