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The Philadelphia Phillies declined the $7 million team option for right-handed pitcher Hector Neris. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Like most of the Phillies pitching staff, Neris struggled this season, going 2-2 with a 4.57 ERA. The righty has spent his entire career in Philadelphia so there is still a chance he returns for a cheaper price.

David Phelps had his option declined by the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander went 2-4 this year with a 6.53 ERA. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news comes as no surprise, considering Phelps seriously struggled in Philadelphia with a 12.91 ERA in just 7.2 innings pitched after being traded by the Brewers at the trade deadline.

The Phillies declined David Robertson's $12 million option for 2021. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Robertson will instead receive a $2 million buyout. It was an easy call for the Phillies as the 35-year-old had a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery back in August.

Category: Injury Updates

Didi Gregorius, who is a free agent and has been linked to the Yankees, is also drawing interest from the Angels per New York Post columnist George A. King III. (Source: New York Post )

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius, who is coming off of a stellar 2020 when he hit .284/.339/.488 with 10 homers and 40 RBI, has been drawing interest from the Yankees who are exploring their options at shortstop. Gleyber Torres struggled this season and New York was disappointed in his defense. The Angels are another potential suitor for Gregorius as Andrelton Simmons will also become a free agent in the offseason. This is a fluid situation, obviously, so stay tuned for further updates.

Category: Rumors

The Phillies announced that RHP Zack Wheeler recently underwent a right middle finger resection procedure. (Source: Todd Zolecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wheeler infamously ripped a fingernail on his pitching hand while putting on a pair of pants in September. This procedure isn't considered serious and Wheeler is expected to be at full health come spring training.

Category: Injury Updates

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Rhys Hoskins underwent a different procedure than Tommy John surgery. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It was initially reported that Hoskins underwent TJ surgery with a 4-to-6 month recovery timeline. That seemed short, and the reason is because he actually underwent an internal brace repair. The 27-year-old is aiming to be ready for spring training 2021, but his recovery will be important to monitor this offseason.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six over 3 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Nola had a strong season in Philadelphia but faltered down the stretch, losing his final two starts while watching his ERA rise from 2.40 to 3.28 over his final three starts.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: With the Phillies clinging to playoff hopes, Velasquez was only able to last 4 1/3 innings on Friday in a game Philadelphia would go on to lose. He finishes the season with a 5.56 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts over 34 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

According to Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, Spencer Howard activated off of the 10-day injured list. He will be available as a reliever. (Source: Todd Zolecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Howard pitched with mixed results in his first season in the majors with 23 strikeouts, 5.92, and 1.64 WHIP in 24.1 innings. He should be a value in 2021 drafts.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, and three runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his ninth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Through 54 games this season, McCutchen is batting .250 with 29 runs scored, nine home runs, 33 RBI, and four stolen bases.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin allowed three earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out nine over eight innings in Wednesday's win over the Nationals. The win brings him to 4-2 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: After hitting a few bumps in the road and watching his ERA jump up over 5.00, Eflin has now fired back-to-back quality starts while striking out 18 batters over 15 innings. On the year, he has an impressive 70 strikeouts over 56 1/3 innings and has emerged as Philadelphia's third-best option in the rotation after Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies manager Joe Girardi confirmed Wednesday that Bryce Harper has been dealing with a back injury "off and on" for 4-5 weeks. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harper was off to a fantastic start to the 2020 campaign but has cooled considerably over the past month or so. This back injury certainly helps explain his struggles. Harper entered Wednesday's action with a .247 average and an .892 OPS for the year.

Category: Injury Updates

Phillies infielder Jean Segura went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and a walk across both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. The homer was his seventh of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Through 50 games this season, Segura is batting .269 with 27 runs scored, seven home runs, 23 RBI, and two stolen bases.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies infielder Scott Kingery went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals. The home run was his third of the season.

Fantasy Impact: 2020 has been a season to forget for Kingery, who is batting .153 with three home runs and has been seeing the bench regularly.

Category: Game Recaps

Phillies reliever Brandon Workman allowed a walk-off two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Washington Nationals. He was charged with a blown save and the loss.

Fantasy Impact: After some early success with the Phillies, Workman has been a disaster since arriving via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. He now has a 5.95 ERA and 2.24 WHIP to go with a 1-4 record and three blown saves.

Category: Game Recaps

The Phillies recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from their alternate training site. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He'll serve as the 29th man in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. Suarez has a 20.25 ERA in three appearances this season.

J.T. Realmuto (hip), out since September 12th with a hip flexor strain, is in the line-up, catching for the Phillies on Tuesday. There had been some debate as to whether or not Realmuto would be DHing in his return to the Philly line-up but manager Joe Girardi said that Realmuto will catch in Game One of the Phillies doubleheader on Tuesday. (Source: Todd Zolecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Realmuto is slashing .267/.357/.527 with 11 home runs in 150 at-bats for the Phillies this season. His 1.7 WAR leads all catchers and his 14.2% Barrel % is in the 88th percentile among qualified hitters. Owners in standard 12-team redraft leagues can start him with confidence.

Category: Injury Updates

Heath Hembree was placed on the 10-day IL with a right elbow strain. Phils' manager Joe Girardi said that if the team makes the playoffs then he would not be available to pitch in the first round. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This injury shouldn't have a material impact on the Phillies bullpen as Hembree owns a horrible 12.54 ERA, 2.36 WHIP, and a 10:5 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings since coming over from the Red Sox earlier this year.

Category: Injury Updates

Jake Arrieta, who was placed on the IL on September 16th with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, played catch in the outfield on Sunday. He appeared to be pushing off his right leg to test his hamstring, per beat writer Meghan Montemurro. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arrieta will be eligible to come off the IL this coming weekend but manager Joe Giardi already stated that he would miss the rest of the regular season. It appears the right-hander is just working his way back in hopes of being ready if the Phillies make the playoffs. As of now Philadelphia it holding on to the seventh seed in the NL.

Category: Injury Updates

Mickey Moniak was optioned to the Phillies alternate site to make room for Adonis Medina, who had his contract purchased, and will make his MLB-debut on Sunday. (Source: Philadelphia Phillies on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moniak struggled in his cup of coffee with the Phils' going 1-for-9 with a single. The 22-year old needs more seasoning in the minors before he's ready to contribute at the major league level.

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