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Héctor Neris suspended three games for throwing at David Freese

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Phillies closer Héctor Neris has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended three games by Major League Baseball for throwing a fastball at Dodgers infielder David Freese in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park. Both Neris and manager Gabe Kapler were ejected by home plate umpire Chris Conroy.

Neris took over in the ninth inning with the Phillies ahead 6-5, but he would serve up a go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Beaty. Freese was the very next batter. The pitch that hit him was the second pitch of the at-bat. The first pitch was just outside of the strike zone, low and inside.

The Phillies went on to win in walk-off fashion, 9-8, staving off another humiliating loss after dropping Monday’s contest 16-2.

Neris is appealing his suspension, per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Neris is allowed to continue playing until that matter is resolved. If and when he does serve his suspension, there’s no obvious ninth inning candidate as the bullpen has been depleted by injuries and has not performed well. Lefties José Álvarez and Adam Morgan, and right-hander J.D. Hammer seem the most likely to handle save chances while Neris is out.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.