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Williams' nose broken; concussion unlikely

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Williams has not watched the replay of a ball caroming off the right-field wall and hitting him in the face Monday night. He doesn't want to.

That play broke Williams' nose. It is unlikely, however, that it gave Williams a concussion, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after Williams underwent tests Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Williams has not watched the replay of a ball caroming off the right-field wall and hitting him in the face Monday night. He doesn't want to.

That play broke Williams' nose. It is unlikely, however, that it gave Williams a concussion, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after Williams underwent tests Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

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"Our feeling is that he'll be available to go [Wednesday]," Kapler said. "So this isn't something that's going to be long-term. It's not DL, but we do want to be careful with the concussion stuff for today."

Williams said he told team doctors he could play Tuesday. He expected to but did not start against Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver.

Monday's accident was not the first time Williams has broken his nose. When he was 12, he got hit by a pitch and had a black eye for 11 months.

"It was brutal," Williams said. "That one was really bad. I guess it never healed. I'm finding out that. It healed, but it didn't heal together. It healed separate."

The nasal problem will likely need to be straightened out and cleaned up in the offseason. For now, Williams is spending a day out of the lineup and contemplating how such an odd injury even happened.

"I remember the ball doing something on the fence, coming straight down and not ricocheting off," Williams said. "I don't know how that was a thing. But that was really weird. Can't say I've ever seen a ball do that. I just remember my hands being covered in blood.

"I can't believe I got up and threw the ball in."

Getting the call

Austin Davis had just arrived at his apartment and called his dad around 10 p.m. on Father's Day. Before he could even relay his well-wishes, Davis got another call. It was Triple-A IronPigs manager Gary Jones.

"Dad, I gotta go," Davis said.

"But you just called?" Rick Davis asked.

Dad had to wait. Davis knew his manager wasn't calling at such a late hour to simply say hello. He put his phone on speaker, and he and his wife listened as Jones shared the news that the Phillies were calling Davis up to the Majors.

Considering he wasn't on the Phillies' 40-man roster, the news surprised Davis.

"I was just trying to get words out to answer," Davis said, "and then I called my dad back and said, 'Sorry I had to go, I'm going to the big leagues.'"

Davis' parents, sisters, wife and agent are in Philadelphia to witness his Major League debut should it occur during the series against the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.

Extra bases

Pat Neshek will throw live batting practice in Clearwater, Fla., on Wednesday. He is rehabbing a right flexor strain that he aggravated while coming back from a right shoulder strain suffered during Spring Training.

"We're hopeful by next week he'll be out in rehab games," general manager Matt Klentak said. "Pat's a veteran. He knows his body. He knows his stuff, and as soon as he's ready we'll get him here."

Neshek said last season that he preferred to pitch in hold situations, not closing, because it was easier to prepare. Klentak doesn't see that preference as an issue in a 'pen that has gone without established roles so far.

"Pat is going to fit into some high-leverage spot in the games," Klentak said. "He's going to displace somebody else who's going to fit in in some other part of the game. I think it only adds to the value."

Jerad Eickhoff threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon. He hasn't pitched in the Majors this season while dealing with an issue in his right index and middle fingers, but the Phillies expect to have him back in 2018.

"He's in good shape," Klentak said. "We've ruled out all the bad things. It might be something he has to deal with, but I expect him to pitch again this season."

• Mickey Moniak, the Phillies' No. 1 overall pick in 2016, has missed significant time in June after getting his wisdom teeth removed. He is headed back to join Class A Advanced Clearwater this week, Klentak said.

Joe Bloss is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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