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Phillies release Chad Durbin, recall Joe Savery

The Philadelphia Phillies released Chad Durbin and replaced him in the bullpen with Joe Savery on Friday.

Doug Pensinger

The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they have released reliever Chad Durbin and recalled lefty Joe Savery to take his place in the bullpen. Durbin, 35, will enter free agency in search of his seventh major league organization.

After signing a 1-year, $1.1 million major league deal with the Phillies back in January, Durbin has struggled mightily out of the bullpen so far this season. In sixteen innings, he has surrendered sixteen runs, and owns a staggering 2.125 WHIP. While his numbers are poor, his track record of being a serviceable major league reliever will likely land him a minor league deal somewhere soon. In fourteen seasons with the Royals (1999-2002), Indians (2003-2004, 2011), Diamondbacks (2004), Tigers (2006-2007), Phillies (2008-2010, 2013), and Braves (2012), he has accumulated a 43-47 record and 5.03 ERA.

Savery, who is 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA out of the bullpen at AAA Lehigh Valley, will join the Phillies for his second stint with the big league club this season. The 27-year old has spent time in the majors each of the last two seasons, and has a career 1-2 record and 5.40 ERA in the major leagues.