PHILLIES’ PAT NESHEK NOW AN ALL-STAR, STILL TRADE BAIT!

By Sam Bush

Pat Neshek was selected yesterday as the Phillies’ lone representative on the National League All-Star team. He is 2-2 with a 1.39 ERA in 35 appearances. It is the sixth-best ERA among NL relievers.

“To come here and get the opportunity to pitch big innings, it means a lot,” said Neshek, who the Astros traded for cash considerations in November. “It’s really hard to do as a middle reliever. I’m just thrilled. I’m kind of surprised, which you guys might not think. I didn’t really think it was going to happen.”

It is the second All-Star appearance for Neshek. He made the 2014 NL team with the Cardinals. He took the loss in Minnesota.

Neshek went 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 60 appearances last season with Houston, but the Astros picked up his $6.5 million club option with the intent to trade him. The Phillies got him, hoping he could be a nice complimentary piece to the bullpen and pitch well enough to be traded to a contender before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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