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Phillies closer Héctor Neris suspended for 3 games

July 17, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris reacts after he was ejected for hitting Los Angeles Dodgers' David Freese with a pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 9-8. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris reacts after he was ejected for hitting Los Angeles Dodgers' David Freese with a pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 9-8. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies closer Héctor Neris has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of David Freese of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension and fine Wednesday, a day after the incident in the ninth inning of the Phillies’ 9-8 home victory. Neris is appealing the suspension, making him eligible to pitch Wednesday night against Los Angeles.

Neris was ejected after hitting Freese in the back with the next pitch after Matt Beaty hit a two-run homer.

Neris (2-4) has converted 17 of 21 save opportunities.

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