Lively exits DL and heads for Lehigh Valley

Coming out of spring training, Ben Lively won the battle between he and Zach Eflin for the final spot in the Phillies rotation. An injury though may have cost him the war. The Phillies today activated Lively from the DL and promptly sent him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while Eflin, who took his spot in the rotation, will remain with the Phillies.

Lively was 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA in five starts with the Phillies when he wound up on the DL with a back strain. The injury likely affected his final start with the Phillies which he left early because of the injury. In that game against Arizona, Lively was pounded for seven earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

There is no immediate timetable for Lively to return from the DL.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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