Phillies reliever Durbin sharp in rehab outing

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Phillies righthander Chad Durbin tossed a scoreless inning last night for Class A Clearwater in the Threshers' 5-1 win over Dunedin.

Durbin, making his first rehab appearance, allowed one hit and a walk while striking out two. Of his 20 pitches, 13 were for strikes. He went on the disabled list on July 23 with a back ailment.

"It felt really good," Durbin said. "There was no anticipation of anything and no pain at all. The hard work the trainers have done has really paid off."

Durbin is looking forward to tomorrow and his next rehab appearance.

"I have two innings [tomorrow]," said Durbin. "Then I will go back up [to Philly] to be re-eveluated and then we will see."

Lefthander J.C. Romero will join Durbin tomorrow night when Clearwater again plays in Dunedin. Both pitchers are scheduled to throw out of the bullpen with Romero going one inning.

Durbin, 31, last pitched on July 23 and is 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA. Romero (left forearm strain) also went on the DL on July 23. *