By Sam Bush

The Phils open spring training in six days, and it looks like their closer will again be Hector Neris.

He went 3-6 with a 2.93 ERA and 28 saves in 34 opportunities last season. His strikeout rate (32.4 percent) tied for 24th out of 149 relievers (minimum 50 innings). If he is throwing his splitter well, he is tough to beat.

But Neris has stretches where he seems to lose confidence. If Neris struggles, one candidate to move into the ninth inning is right-hander Seranthony Dominguez. But Dominguez is recovering from a season-ending elbow injury. Though he is throwing already, his health should be closely monitored this spring