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Report: Matt Harvey’s no-show at Citi Field may have led to his suspension

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Details of Matt Harvey‘s three-day suspension are starting to emerge, though there’s still been no official confirmation from the team. The right-hander received a three-day ban after violating undisclosed team policies and was forced to skip his start on Sunday. While the team was unwilling to divulge details, a source told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that it may have had something to do with Harvey’s absence at Citi Field on Saturday.

According to the source, Harvey failed to appear at the ballpark prior to the game, claiming a migraine and a “possible communication issue” with the team. Just what sparked the communication issue was not revealed, but it’s clear that the Mets took Harvey’s absence seriously, with one source telling the New York Daily News’ Peter Botte that a “compilation of issues” dating back through last year had also been factored into the team’s ban.

This isn’t the first time the right-hander has gone head-to-head with the Mets’ head honchos, though his previous antics failed to incur any significant penalties. Rosenthal added that Harvey has the option of seeking out an independent arbitrator to appeal the suspension, should he choose to contest the team’s decision:

In lieu of Harvey’s temporary absence, the Mets amped up their search for rotation depth on Sunday, inquiring about free agent Doug Fister and claiming left-hander Tommy Milone off waivers. Adam Wilk, who replaced Harvey during Sunday’s finale against the Marlins, faltered in 3 2/3 innings after giving up eight hits, six runs and three homers.

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.