The Phillies were hoping they could get right-hander Ben Lively through waivers to outright him to Lehigh Valley. That didn’t happen. The Kansas City Royals claimed Lively off waivers after he was designated for assignment on Monday when Jerad Eickhoff came off of the disabled list.
Lively was hoping to pick up a bigger role in the Phillies starting rotation this season after he had offseason surgery on both knees. The issue had hampered him at various times during the past couple of seasons, limiting the energy he could generate from his legs. Instead, Lively took a step back from where he was last season and went 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA in five starts with the Phillies this season. In 2017, he made 15 starts and was 4-7 but with a 4.26 ERA in the majors.
On New Year’s Eve in 2014, the Phillies acquired Lively from the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Marlon Byrd. The 26-year old made his MLB debut last June against San Francisco when he allowed just one earned run over seven innings of work and recorded the save.