Neris earned his 19th hold of the season Thursday with a scoreless inning against the Braves. Neris has six holds this month with a 1.86 ERA and a 13:1 K:BB in 9.2 innings. There is a chance the Phillies could try to cash in on his success this season and move him for a package of prospects if they can get something similar to the return on Ken Giles this past offseason. If the Phils move closer Jeanmar Gomez at the trade deadline and Neris stays, he'll be in the mix to take over the ninth inning job.
Manager Pete Mackanin said he didn't use Neris on Friday because he wanted to give him some additional rest, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Neris pitched three days in a row during the Phillies' recent series in Arizona and leads the majors with 42 appearances. He has been seen wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm while sitting in the bullpen. He said that is to help keep his arm warm now that a jacket is not needed and not because of any injury.
Neris tossed two scoreless innings in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. He gave up one hit, struck out four and did not walk a batter. Neris now has back-to-back scoreless outings with five strikeouts and no walks over five innings. Hopefully he is back on track after struggling earlier this month due to a lack of command with his splitter.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Neris' recent struggles are due to a lack of command with his splitter, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Neris allowed three runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday. He has allowed eight runs on 11 hits with a 5:8 K:BB over his last 6.1 innings of work. Mackanin said the Phillies have been looking at video to see if there is a mechanical adjustment needed. Neris may also start using his slider more until he can get command of his split again.
Neris allowed one run on three hits in an inning of relief Saturday. He struck out one and walked one. Neris has hit a rough patch over his last six outings. He has allowed five runs on eight hits with a 4:6 K:BB in 4.2 innings. It might be wise to bench him until he gets back on track.