Phillies “probably not going to re-sign” Chad Durbin

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke with reporters at the Philadelphia Sportswriter Association banquet last night and explained that “we’re probably not going to re-sign” free agent reliever Chad Durbin.

Durbin spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia after signing as a free agent, going 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA and 188/109 K/BB ratio in 226 innings. He never really worked himself into a prominent late-inning role, but has proven to be a dependable middle reliever after struggling as a starter early in his career.

However, with Joe Blanton slated to be the Phillies’ fifth starter and Kyle Kendrick being pushed to the bullpen there just isn’t much room on the pitching staff. Durbin could help quite a few teams, but seems likely to wind up with only a minor-league contract at this point.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.