With arrangements being made to place outfielder Marlon Byrd on
the disabled list, Texas summoned Duran to Toronto, where he was
expected to help a team that is fighting through various injuries.
After hearing the good news, Duran boarded a flight from Oklahoma
City at 6 a.m. CT, arriving in Toronto at 11:30 a.m. local time on Thursday.
still floating," he said of his whirlwind morning.
When Duran arrived in Toronto, the native of Fort Worth, Texas, learned
that he would be making his Major League debut by starting at third base
and batting ninth in the finale of the two-game
series against the Jays. Texas purchased his contract from
Oklahoma before the game.
And as if things weren't hectic enough for him on his first day, the
opposing pitcher was Blue Jays ace and 2003 Cy
Young Award winner Roy Halladay.
Before the game, Duran admitted that he was a little excited. He said
he was keeping himself grounded by not focusing on the long-term,
instead remembering his role on the ballclub.
"I've just got to go out there, be professional and do my job," he said. "If I go out there and just play my game the way I can play
and just relax, anything can happen. But I'm just here to help them
"I'm blessed to be here. Whatever they need me to do, I'll do it."
Heading into the 2008 campaign, Duran had hit .286 over three Minor
League seasons. This year at Oklahoma, he was batting
.250 (10-for-40) with two doubles and eight runs scored in 10 games. In
2007, with Double-A Frisco, he ranked among Texas League leaders
in hits (second, with 144), RBIs (second, 84) and home runs (third, 22).