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Wei-Yin Chen might not pitch again in 2017

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Marlins’ left-hander Wei-Yin Chen doesn’t know when he’ll be able to take the mound again. Chen was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 5 with left arm fatigue and has been making slow progress with a series of bullpen sessions over the last couple of weeks. His latest session came to an abrupt end on Saturday after he “felt something” in his left elbow.

Club manager Don Mattingly didn’t give a specific timetable for Chen’s recovery, but it seems unlikely that the 31-year-old lefty will be cleared to rejoin the rotation within the next week, as previously expected. Chen missed 60 days on the disabled list with an elbow strain last summer, which was revealed as a partial UCL tear when he spoke to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Tim Healey this April. No additional damage was found when the left-hander underwent an MRI on May 1, but his recent injury history and elbow discomfort don’t bode well for his chances of returning to the mound this year.

Per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

“At this point, you feel like you really can’t count on him in the near future when it happens like this,” Mattingly said. “Obviously, this is turning into more than what we thought it was going to be.”

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.