Lively (back) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
Lively, who spent the past two weeks on the disabled list with a back injury, will join Lehigh Valley's rotation. He compiled a 6.85 ERA and 1.86 WHIP across five starts (23.2 innings) with the Phillies before landing on the disabled list. The 26-year-old will be an option to rejoin the big-league rotation should an opening emerge.
Lively was placed on the disabled list with a lower-back strain Friday.
Lively was lit up for seven runs in 2.1 innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, and it seems as though his back may have been to blame. He'll miss at least one turn in the rotation. Jake Thompson was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.
Lively has been poor to start the season but faces no immediate threats to his rotation spot, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Lively's poor start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday brought his ERA up to 6.85 on the season, while his WHIP stands at 1.86. Still, he's likely to hold onto the fifth starter role until Jerad Eickhoff returns from his lat strain in late May because the Phillies simply don't have a great option to replace him. Four of their five Triple-A starters have ERAs north of 4, while the only one that doesn't (Enyel De Los Santos) is just 22 with only three Triple-A starts under his belt. The team could turn to long reliever Drew Hutchison, who has 74 career big-league starts to his name, but he's an uninspiring option with a career 4.89 ERA over parts of five major-league seasons.
Lively (0-2) allowed seven earned runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out one across 2.1 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Lively never got on track in this start, allowing five baserunners and three runs in the first inning. He has put together a couple solid starts this season, offering some hope that he can build off his promising rookie campaign. However, he has now allowed five or more earned runs in two of his five starts, making him difficult to rely on.
Lively (0-1) didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 2-1 win over the Pirates, allowing one run on five hits and three walks over six innings while striking out four.
The right-hander put together his first quality start of the season -- in fact, it was the first time this season Lively's even completed six innings. His 21:6 K:BB in 21.1 innings on the season is impressive, but his 4.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP are lagging behind. Lively will try to bring his ratios down further in Thursday's home start against the Diamondbacks.
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|2014||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||3||6||3.88||13||13||0||0||0||72.0||60||32||31||7||4||36||76|
|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||8||7||4.13||25||25||1||0||0||143.2||160||69||66||14||7||45||111|
|2016||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||11||5||3.06||19||19||1||1||0||117.2||83||45||40||10||3||27||90|
|2016||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||7||0||1.87||9||9||0||0||0||53.0||35||11||11||1||0||15||49|
|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||7||5||3.15||16||16||1||0||0||97.0||91||39||34||3||4||22||82|