Phillies option Hector Neris to triple-A Lehigh Valley

Phillies send Hector Neris to triple-A
The Phillies optioned reliever Hector Neris to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday afternoon while selecting the contract of left-hander Austin Davis.

Neris entered the season as the Phillies' closer but has surrendered runs in six of his last nine appearances and simply hasn't shown the command this year that's needed to succeed at the big league level. Even after manager Gabe Kapler removed him from the closer role he continued to struggle.

Neris surrendered four hits on Sunday, surrendering two runs while recording just one out. His WAR on the season is -0.3 and he's carrying a 1.53 WHIP.

It's a move that had to happen, if for no other reason than for Neris to clear his head.

Davis has a combined 2.70 ERA on the season while spending time with double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 22 appearances with the IronPigs the 25-year-old has a 2.43 ERA to go along with a 0.93 WHIP over 29 2/3 innings.

Davis joins Adam Morgan as manager Gabe Kapler's only left-handed options out of the bullpen.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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