Another issue pops up with Neshek

Pat Neshek hasn’t made his season debut with the Phillies because of a right shoulder strain. It was hoped that he could start a rehab assignment shortly, but he had to cut a bullpen session short because of what is now diagnosed as a right flexor strain in his forearm. Initially, Neshek went on the DL due to a right shoulder strain back on March 30th. The plan now is for the Phillies to rest Neshek for approximately a week and reevaluate the injury then to decide on a course of action.

Neshek was supposed to team with veteran Tommy Hunter to provide stability at the back end of the bullpen leading up to closer Hector Neris. Hunter also started the season on the DL but has since been activated and has made eight relief appearances for the Phillies with a 3.00 ERA.

Neshek was the Phillies lone all-star representative last season when he posted a 1.12 ERA in 43 games with the Phillies, however, he was dealt to Colorado at the trade deadline. On his way out of town he talked about how much he enjoyed his seemingly short stay in Philadelphia and opened up speculation that he might be willing to re-sign with the team when he hit free agency following the 2017 season. The Phillies and Neshek would go on to agree on a two-year, $16.2-million deal over the winter.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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