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Former Twin Durbin struggles with Phils

Former Twin Durbin struggles with Phils

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- During his time with the Twins, right-hander J.D. Durbin struggled to put together strong Spring Trainings.

That was the case last spring when Durbin posted an 11.25 ERA in eight innings for the Twins and was unable to earn a spot on the club's roster when he was out of options.

Now, Durbin is suffering through some similar problems this spring with the Phillies.

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Durbin has given up 15 earned runs over his 12 1/3 innings. He's walked seven batters in that span while allowing six home runs and recording just five strikeouts. Those numbers included his performance against his former team on Saturday, when he gave up five runs on five hits to the Twins over three innings.

"I look in the mirror every day. I try to find myself more than anybody, I think," Durbin said after his outing Saturday. "I lost that fire that burns inside me.

"Every time I go out, I give up three or four runs or five runs. It's tough to build on and get confident when you're getting your butt kicked every day."

Once a highly touted Twins prospect, Durbin has seen his share of upheaval since being put on waivers by the Twins at the end of last spring. He was claimed by three different teams over the span of two weeks, before he found a permanent home with the Phillies.

Now, Durbin, who is in competition for one of the Phillies' final roster spots, is trying to get back to form so that he doesn't have to say goodbye to yet another organization.

"The lack of success has got me down a little bit," Durbin said. "Physically, I feel phenomenal, which I can be thankful for. I'm sure I'll bounce back, but I don't want it to be too late again."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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