“Sewage issues” still being mopped up in Oakland

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Last night the A’s had to avoid part of their dugout because of sewage coming up through the drains–which is an “issue” that’s occurred multiple times in Oakland this season–and Rael Enteen of CSNBayArea.com passes along a photo from this afternoon showing that things are still being mopped up:

Last night after the game A’s reliever Jerry Blevins described the dugout floor as having a “pretty good coating” of sewage. Helluva work environment.

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.