Pedro Martinez won't be re-signing with the Phillies and may not pitch at all this season

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Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since Pedro Martinez signed with the Phillies after sitting out the first half, but don’t expect a similar scenario for the future Hall of Famer this season.
In speaking yesterday to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., agent Fernando Cuza revealed that Martinez has yet to even begin throwing off a mound.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that we can “cross Martinez off the Phillies’ list of potential pitching help for the second half” because “Amaro would not say there’s zero chance the Phillies bring back Martinez, but you only need to read between the lines to know he won’t be back.”
And at this point it seems unclear whether Martinez plans to pitch at all this season.
He previously talked about wanting to sit out the first half and join a contender for the stretch run again, but it’s already mid-July and he’s certainly not preparing for that to be a reality. Not only was Martinez throwing regularly at this same point last year, he had actually pitched against high-level competition during the World Baseball Classic. And even then his Phillies debut didn’t come until a month after he signed.

Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

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The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.

It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.

Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.