This season’s list of wounded Phillies is longer than J.A. Happ’s hair in this picture.
Chad Durbin is headed to the disabled list after straining his right hamstring in Wednesday night’s thrilling victory over the Indians, but the injury does not appear to be as serious as Charlie Manuel speculated.
In Manuel’s postgame press conference, he deemed the injury “pretty serious,” noting that Durbin “blew out his hammy.”
But upon meeting with a team doctor, Durbin was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, an injury that carries a recovery time of 10-to-14 days, but could take as long as three weeks to heal.
This is troubling news for the Phillies. Durbin has been one of the team’s most effective relievers, compiling a 3.31 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 35 1/3 innings. The righty’s effectiveness has returned largely due to a drastic decrease in walks (down to 2.8-per-nine from 6.1-per-nine last season.)
The Phils will miss Durbin’s versatility – he has entered games late, in middle relief, and in a mop-up role, and 19 of his 29 appearances have been scoreless. With Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo still on the DL, the bullpen is short three relievers.
(Madson will begin rehabbing his broken toe on Sunday with Single-A Clearwater.)
Look for Scott Mathieson or Nelson Figueroa to be recalled. A team in the midst of a treacherous stretch of 20 games in 20 days, the Phillies need as much bullpen help as possible.
UPDATE, 11:22 a.m.: Nelson Figueroa will take Durbin’s spot in the bullpen.