The transaction wire has been heating up over the past few days, with the Phillies sending players to the DL and now, to the PL [Paternity List]. Pat Neshek has left the team for the birth of his second child. Neshek only plans on being away for a couple of days, but the Phillies recalled starting pitcher Ben Lively to take his roster spot. Lively will work out of the Phillies bullpen as he awaits the chance to make his major league debut.
Lively has made 94 career starts in the minors with a record of 40-24 and a career ERA of 3.08. He's been in the organization since being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on December 31, 2014 in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd. At that point, he was coming off a season that made him the Reds Minor League Player of the Year. In the 2014 season, he played at both High-A and Double-A and was a combined 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA.
This season, Lively opened the year with Lehigh Valley and made two starts, going 1-1, 4.09 for the IronPigs. He was scheduled to make his next start Thursday against Columbus, but that spot will now be filled by Nick Pivetta, with Mark Appel starting Friday night. Saturday's starter is still to be determined, as Wathan waits to see if there are additional roster moves that may bring in a starter. If not, he's now got an eight-man bullpen with the addition of reliever Colton Murray, who took Lively's spot on the roster. It's possible that Saturday's starter could be Lively, if he's not used by the Phillies and Neshek returns in the next couple days.
Because of how the Phillies 40-man roster is constructed, they opened the season with just one extra relief pitcher on the 40-man roster. Since then, they have added Mark Leiter, who was added to the roster on Tuesday. Before adding Leiter to the roster, Adam Morgan was the only extra relief pitcher on the 40-man roster.