Lively gets the call to ‘The Show’

Ben Lively, who pitched for the Reading Fightin’ Phils for parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, earned a call to the big league club when the Philadelphia Phillies called him up Wednesday, April 19.

Lively, 25, is a right-handed pitching prospect who was pitching for Lehigh Valley, the Phillies triple-A team. He was named the organization’s pitcher of the year in 2016, after winning 18 games with a 2.69 ERA.

His promotion is likely short-lived. He replaces relief pitcher Pat Neshek, who went on paternity leave Wednesday.


The Philadelphia Phillies called up former Reading Fightin’ Phils pitcher Ben Lively on Wednesday, April 19. photo by Eric Stark