The last thing the Phillies need is to lose another reliever, but it appears that will be the case.
Closer Hector Neris on Wednesday was suspended for three games for hitting Dodgers infielder David Freese with a pitch in Tuesday night’s win. The Phillies say that Neris will appeal the suspension which will allow him to pitch Wednesday night.
Though Neris has struggled recently (see story), he’s one of only two reliable bullpen arms the team has — lefty Adam Morgan, who pitched a scoreless 1⅓ innings Tuesday, is the other. David Robertson is still another few weeks away while Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek and Seranthony Dominguez remain out.
The HBP occurred in the ninth inning after Neris blew a 6-5 Phillies lead. Pinch hitter Matt Beaty hit a three-run homer to give the Dodgers an 8-6 advantage. Neris then hit Freese with an up and in fastball. Bryce Harper eventually hit a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth for a dramatic walk-off win.
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