I read this morning that I believe Peter Gammons put out a report that Chad Durbin might be returning to the Phillies- please tell me that is just a bad rumor started by Durbin’s agent who is hoping to get some other team to up their offer. Even on a minor league contract, Durbin is not the right move for the Phillies- particularly since Charlie Manuel, with his love for old players, will find it hard to actually see Durbin for what he is (a pitcher who it seems lets up runs every time he comes into an important situation) rather than giving one of the young pitchers such as Bastardo or Herndon or Stutes a chance. Phils never should have resigned Romero, who we all know will do nothing but issue walks in key appearances, and need to tell Baez to get out of town. The bullpen is clearly the weakpoint for the Phillies- hopefully with the starting staff they won’t need anyone beyond Madson and Lidge very often, but when they do, let’s not cost the team games with the same tired arms who hurt the team last year.
Scott Mathieson has been a Phillies prospect I’ve followed closely for the past several years and really hoped he would recover from his two Tommy John surgeries to be the player it looked like he could be back in 2006. Not sure why he has been one of my favorite minor league Phillies- probably his perseverance and seemingly positive attitude in the face of serious injuries twice just went it looked like he could become a full-time major league player. I know he has worked on a splitter with Bruce Sutter, although from an article in the newspaper today, not sure how well it is actually working for him as he still seems interested in developing his slider. It would be a great testament to hard work and dedication if he made the team this year, although I suspect they will send him back to Lehigh Valley to work for at least few months on his splitter. Anxious to see how he looks once the games start.