Prior to the 2018 season, the Phillies hoped to add some veteran stability to their bullpen by adding relievers Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter.  Then, prior to 2019, the Phillies added David Robertson for another veteran reliever and more stability.  Heading into Memorial Day Weekend, the Phillies will be without all three.

According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Neshek is headed to join Hunter and Robertson on the IL:

The move is almost not a surprise.

Neshek was warming on Monday night against the Chicago Cubs.  However, he was unable to enter the game, the Phillies had to rely on Seranthony Dominguez for an extra inning they did not count on, and the Phillies ultimately lost the game.  Thursday, Neshek reappeared.  But he was not sharp, allowing three earned runs before being lifted without completing an inning.

Neshek was reportedly trying to get loose in Milwaukee on Friday night in Milwaukee, but Salisbury observed him missing during the game.  The Phillies activated starter Vince Velasquez prior to the game.  Velasquez pitched two scoreless innings en route to a 6-4 Phillies victory.

The Phillies could continue to see if Velasquez can continue in a bullpen role, trying to pick up some stability in the back of the bullpen.  Neither Robertson or Hunter is close to a return and the Phillies could use some help.  While Tuesday's starter is yet determined, the Phillies could keep Velasquez in the bullpen and still have options.

Thanks to the injury to Neshek, the Phillies could return Cole Irvin to the major league club without 10 days in the minor leagues.  Because of the injury there is an exception that allows a player optioned to the minor leagues to return.  Starter Nick Pivetta was another stated option, but Pivetta's last start was not particularly encouraging.

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