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Pat Neshek was placed on the Paternity Leave list, giving Ben Lively his first shot at the majors.

Last month, Pat Venditte's wife gave birth, and now, it's Pat Neshek's turn to welcome a new baby. Neshek's absence gives Ben Lively the opportunity to join the Phillies bullpen for a few days.

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.

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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.

The Phillies have had to make a rash of roster moves this week, placing Clay Buchholz and Howie Kendrick on the DL, and putting Neshek on the PL.

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.

Ben Lively career stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSIPHRERHRBBSOWHIPH9HR9BB9SO9SO/W
2013 2 Teams 0 4 0.88 13 13 41.0 23 9 4 0 13 56 0.878 5.0 0.0 2.9 12.3 4.31
2013 Dayton 0 1 2.25 1 1 4.0 2 2 1 0 1 7 0.750 4.5 0.0 2.2 15.8 7.00
2013 Billings 0 3 0.73 12 12 37.0 21 7 3 0 12 49 0.892 5.1 0.0 2.9 11.9 4.08
2014 2 Teams 13 7 3.04 26 26 151.0 117 52 51 13 52 171 1.119 7.0 0.8 3.1 10.2 3.29
2014 Pensacola 3 6 3.88 13 13 72.0 60 32 31 7 36 76 1.333 7.5 0.9 4.5 9.5 2.11
2014 Bakersfield 10 1 2.28 13 13 79.0 57 20 20 6 16 95 0.924 6.5 0.7 1.8 10.8 5.94
2015 Reading 8 7 4.13 25 25 143.2 160 69 66 14 45 111 1.427 10.0 0.9 2.8 7.0 2.47
2016 2 Teams 18 5 2.69 28 28 170.2 118 56 51 11 42 139 0.938 6.2 0.6 2.2 7.3 3.31
2016 Lehigh Valley 11 5 3.06 19 19 117.2 83 45 40 10 27 90 0.935 6.3 0.8 2.1 6.9 3.33
2016 Reading 7 0 1.87 9 9 53.0 35 11 11 1 15 49 0.943 5.9 0.2 2.5 8.3 3.27
2017 Lehigh Valley 1 1 4.09 2 2 11.0 7 6 5 0 2 10 0.818 5.7 0.0 1.6 8.2 5.00
TOTALS 40 24 3.08 94 94 517.1 425 192 177 38 154 487 1.119 7.4 0.7 2.7 8.5 3.16
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/19/2017.


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