I’m sure both parts of the above headline have you feeling quite excited.
When I wrote earlier today that the Phillies needed to add to their bullpen right away, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind. The team announced late this afternoon that Hector Neris has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Edubray Ramos was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.
Ramos has been the Phillies’ most consistent reliever this season. In 33 appearances, the 25-year-old has a 1.24 ERA with a 9.93 K/9 and 1.14 WHIP. Until a rocky sixth inning in last night’s 8-6 loss at Washington, Ramos hadn’t given up an earned run in 15 games over a stretch dating back to May 8. His loss is yet another blow to an already struggling unit that has posted posted an absolutely brutal 5.70 ERA over the past 30 days.
As for Neris, he returns after only a week after his demotion. The Phillies had hoped their former closer would clear his head and separate himself from the issues that have led to him allowing eight home runs in only 27 innings of work. Neris appeared in only two games with the Iron Pigs, pitching two scoreless innings, while allowing no hits and striking out two. It may be grasping at straws, but the Phillies have to hope he found something during his brief minor league stint that can help back up a starting staff that has to this point given the team far more than what they had anticipated:
#Phillies starters with NL ranks included:
90.9 pitches per start (5th), 5.6 IP per start (5th), quality starts in 48% of games (2nd), a 1.22 WHIP (3rd), and 3.46 FIP (2nd).
Starters are giving production and length. Klentak has to support them with a bullpen addition and soon.
— BWanksCB (@BWCrossingBroad) June 25, 2018
Or, you know, the front office could stop hiding behind the “if we come out of June in a good position” stuff, go out, and add someone. That would also be a neat option to consider.