Hector Neris, who at one point this season was the Phillies closer, is now a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The right-hander, who turned 29 last week has 10 saves this season but a 6.00 ERA in 30 games. After posting a 0.96 ERA in his first nine outings, Neris has seen his ERA in the 21 outings since then go to 7.88 after he allowed four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning Sunday in Milwaukee.
Neris has also struggled away from Citizens Bank Park with a 3.38 ERA at home and a 9.82 ERA on the road. Neris has pitched for the Phillies in each season since 2014 and recorded 26 saves last season with a 3.01 ERA. Coming into the season he was 11-11 with 28 saves and a 2.98 ERA in 186 major league games.
Austin Davis, who has spent most of the season with triple-a Lehigh Valley and will be getting his first shot at pitching at the major league level. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round of the 2014 draft out of Cal State Bakersfield.
The 25-year old left-hander has made 22 relief appearances with Lehigh Valley and gone 0-1 with a 2.43 ERA striking out 38 hitters in 29 2/3 innings at triple-a. He was sent to double-a Reading for a short while and had a 3.86 ERA in four outings last month. With Lehigh Valley, Davis was actually tougher on right-handed hitters than left-handers. Righties hit just .147 against him while lefties managed a .243 average against him. The only two home runs he’s allowed this season have come against left-handed hitters.
There was one open spot on the Phillies 40-man roster so they won’t need to move anybody off to make a spot for Davis.
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