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Phils' Neris appeals suspension for Freese HBP

@ToddZolecki
July 17, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Phillies closer Héctor Neris will appeal Major League Baseball’s three-game suspension and fine for intentionally hitting Dodgers first baseman David Freese with a pitch Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Neris drilled Freese in the middle of his back with a 95-mph fastball after he allowed a three-run

PHILADELPHIA – Phillies closer Héctor Neris will appeal Major League Baseball’s three-game suspension and fine for intentionally hitting Dodgers first baseman David Freese with a pitch Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Neris drilled Freese in the middle of his back with a 95-mph fastball after he allowed a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to pinch-hitter Matt Beaty to hand the Dodgers a two-run lead. The Phillies scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 9-8.

Neris and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said afterward that the pitch was not intentional.

“I wanted to throw inside, and I hit him,” Neris said. “I didn’t hit him on purpose.”

Neris can continue to pitch until the matter is resolved, typically with a hearing.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook .