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Worrisome setback for injured Phillies reliever Pat Neshek

Worrisome setback for injured Phillies reliever Pat Neshek

Injured Phillies reliever Pat Neshek suffered a setback, Gabe Kapler said Wednesday. 

Neshek, on the DL all season with a shoulder issue, suffered a flexor strain (right elbow/forearm) throwing a bullpen session. He will be shut down for a week and reevaluated then. 

Neshek was one of the players the Phillies handed a multi-year contract to this past offseason. He signed a two-year, $16.25 million contract with a club option for a third season. 

Kapler wouldn’t expand on any concern yet, but it’s certainly worrisome for an important Phillies reliever to have suffered both shoulder and elbow injuries six weeks into the season. 

There were some concerns with Neshek’s durability during his stint here last season. At no point in 2017 did he pitch three days in a row, and he is more diligent about monitoring his body and arm than many relievers. The formula has worked for him — Neshek has a 2.50 ERA since 2012 — but it’s fair to wonder at this point how much return the Phils will get on their 2018 investment. 

Even young Phillies fans are letting the Astros have it

Even young Phillies fans are letting the Astros have it

This Astros madness isn't going away anytime soon. In a weird way, it's made baseball so much more interesting at this time of year with players around the league speaking out in a way they haven't before.

Could this be a seminal moment in the honesty of the professional baseball player? It's easier to be this open when everyone agrees with you, but if the result is on-camera honesty from even a few more players — stars or not — baseball will be better for it. One of the major reasons for the NBA's popularity is that you can have an off-court conversation every day of the year. There's so much drama. Baseball doesn't really have that, especially from its stars and especially when games aren't being played.

At Phillies camp Tuesday morning, John Clark noticed this hilarious sign from a young fan:

The William Hill sportsbook on Monday set its over/under on Astros beanings at 83.5. Seems very low. The Astros were hit by a pitch 66 times in 2019 and this would be only 18 more. Based on how angry the rest of the league is, based on how much respect almost every interviewed player is saying he's lost for the Astros ... how can you not lean over?

Now, the under could hit if MLB makes clear that it will be harshly punishing any pitcher who intentionally hits an Astro. But that would open up two giant cans of worms. Players will flip out that they're being suspended while the Astros got off scot free. And managers and pitching coaches will be furious that they can't pitch inside because of the risk of unintentionally hitting an Astro.

The 2020 season will be so fascinating. The Astros might be better off going full NWO and embracing the hate. What other choice do they have?

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Phillies Talk podcast: Let's pick a batting order

The Phillies' first exhibition game is Saturday and we should see plenty of different lineups throughout spring training. On the latest Phillies Talk podcast, Ricky Bottalico and Corey Seidman pick their batting orders.

• Early thoughts on Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, Jake Arrieta

• The guys choose their ideal opening day batting order(s)

• Is this Astros fallout crazier than we even anticipated?

• What should have been the punishment for Astros players?

• Would Ricky Bo plunk an Astro?

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