Pat Neshek Placed on Phillies’ Paternity Leave List
The Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen experienced another reshuffling Tuesday morning.
After changing closers last week, the Phillies placed right-hander Pat Neshek on the paternity leave list to be with his wife as they welcome a new child into the world. The club recalled right-hander Ben Lively from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move before Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets.
Neshek has yet to allow a run through 5 2/3 innings of work in 2017, so his absence leaves a hole in Philadelphia’s bullpen. It appears Lively would be used as a long man, or emergency situation. The right-hander, who has never appeared in a big league game, was in the starting rotation at Lehigh Valley.
The 25-year-old started his career in the Reds organization, and traded to the Phillies in December of 2014 in exchange for Marlon Byrd. Lively has a 4.09 ERA with 10 strikeouts through two starts for Lehigh Valley.