5/31/2013 11:55 P.M. ET
Phillies mull options for first-round Draft pick
By Stephen Pianovich / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- With the 2013 First-Year Player Draft quickly approaching, the Phillies find themselves with something they did not have last year: a first-round pick.
The Phillies have the 16th overall pick in the Draft, which will begin on Thursday, after not having a pick until the second round in 2012 after signing Jonathan Papelbon as a free agent before the '12 season. Assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever said he thinks the team can select a very good player with its mid-first round pick.
"We got a couple of kids who we really have a lot of interest in that I think could make their Major League careers here long ones, hopefully, and successful ones," Wolever said.
Last season, the Phillies scooped up high school pitcher Shane Watson with the 40th overall pick, and grabbed Mitch Gueller, another high school arm, 14 selections later. Watson is currently with Class A Lakewood, while Gueller played in the Gulf Coast League in 2012.
Wolever noted that he has heard people recognize the Phillies as a team that often goes after "high-ceiling" athletes. While he said he does like those types of athletes, the organization is also looking for young players with good character.
"I've been here a long time, and I'm a huge believer in makeup," Wolever said. "I think guys with makeup have the chance to be what they're supposed to be."
Brown's two homers gives him NL lead with 15
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown crushed two home runs Friday night to make him the National League leader with 15, and also put an exclamation point on what was a preposterously productive month.
Hitting homers has just become business as usual for the 25-year-old.
Brown went 2-for-4 in the Phillies' 8-5 loss to the Brewers on Friday, and ended up with a .303 average, 12 home runs, 25 RBIs and a .990 OPS for the month of May. His 15 home runs ties him for third most in the Majors.
Brown also did not draw a single walk in May and became the first player in Major League history to hit at least nine homers in a calendar month without walking once.
The bulk of the lanky outfielder's production came at the end of the month, and Brown has been hitting the ball at a blistering pace in his last 11 games. Since May 20, Brown has eight home runs, 16 RBIs, is hitting .372 and has produced a 1.400 OPS.
While some people were skeptical of Brown, who had just 12 career Major League homers entering the season and hit .233 this April, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel maintained a positive outlook about him. He said he thought Brown was capable of putting together a streak of success at the plate.
"I've made statements about guys like [Jim] Thome, [Brian] Giles, guys like that," Manuel said. "And I've had guys in meetings say 'I'm going to tell you to shut up.' By the end of the year, they don't tell me to shut up. Seriously, I can name you a lot of guys. That's part of loving the game. That's also part of stand up and put what you see."
Brown was hitting fifth in the Phillies' order for the second contest in a row on Friday, and his multi-homer game was his second in three nights.
Phillies release right-hander Durbin
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies released Chad Durbin on Friday after he gave up three runs on four hits in one inning the previous night.
Though Durbin's ERA sat a 9.00 in 16 appearances, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said parting ways with the right-hander was not easy to do because of the presence the 35-year-old brought to the team.
"He's a professional, he's good around our players, he's good in the clubhouse," Manuel said. "He's an ambassador of baseball. It came down to, we had to do something with our pitching to get better. It's kind of how it is."
Durbin previously had a stint with the Phillies from 2006-08, and rejoined the team when he signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal in January. The Phillies called up left-hander Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Durbin's spot in the bullpen.
A 14-year journeyman, Durbin had his season get off on the wrong foot when he gave up two runs and did not record an out in the Phillies' Opening Day loss to the Braves. Durbin would end up surrendering at least one run in half of his outings, and he was charged with multiple runs five times.
"He pitched in a long-relief and stabilizer role, so that the younger pitchers didn't have to do that kind of thing," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "Chad has been there and done that. You don't have to worry about his psyche when you get into those types of situations. Unfortunately, for a lot of reasons, he never got into rhythm."
Durbin has a 5.03 career ERA, and was 12-7 in 242 innings for the Phillies.
Savery back up with Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Savery is getting used to the trip between Allentown and Philadelphia.
He's had short stints with the Phillies in 2011, '12 and earlier this season, but has spent the rest of his time with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The left-handed reliever was called up again on Friday after the Phillies released veteran Chad Durbin.
Savery is accustomed to the move between Triple-A and the Majors, but he said Friday's callup felt unlike the others.
"Hopefully, I get some opportunities," Savery said. "This certainly feels different than the other callups so far, and hopefully that's the case."
Savery noted it was kind of tough to replace Durbin, who had a 9.00 ERA in 16 innings, because of Durbin's presence in the clubhouse. Savery said the 35-year-old made young players like himself feel comfortable.
"I'm certainly going to miss him, and I'm sure the other guys will, too," Savery said.
In 18 relief appearances in the Minors this season, Savery posted a 4.03 ERA, 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 22 1/3 innings.
Durbin was part of a Phillies' bullpen which has struggled for most of the season. Manager Charlie Manuel said Savery -- who has allowed 15 earned runs in 28 2/3 Major League innings -- will get a chance to pitch as he continues to look for an answer from his relievers.
Savery said he knows he needs to pitch well or it will be back on the road to Allentown for the 27-year-old.
"My only option is to perform, or I won't be here very long," Savery said.
• Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, who is nursing a strained right hamstring, ran in some agility drills on Friday and also participated in a bullpen session for the second straight day. Ruiz injured himself on May 20, and is expected to return by mid-June, but for now said the recovery is a "day to day" process.
• Each of the 11 runs the Phillies have scored in the first three games of their current homestand have come via the home run.
• The Phillies announced on Friday night that pitching prospect Adam Morgan has a small tear in his rotator cuff. The 23-year-old, who is 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, will not throw for three weeks, the team said.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.