After 10 years of turning around… Lively from Samsung, thrilled with ‘ML call-up’ in Cincinnati
Right-handed pitcher Ben Lively (31), who played for the KBO League Samsung Lions from 2019 to 2021, was called up to the major leagues.
On the 10th (Korean time), the Cincinnati Reds placed pitcher Laver San Martin on the injured list after suffering a stress reaction in his left elbow while handling pitcher Luis Cesa for DFA.
In the absence of the two players, pitchers Kevin Huggett and Lively from the Triple-A Louisville Bats were called up. Lively returned to the major leagues in four years since his time with the Kansas City Royals in 2019.
Lively threw 27 innings in 5 Triple A games (4 starts) this year and pitched well with 4 wins, an undefeated ERA of 2.33 and 16 strikeouts. The chance came to Lively as Sesa, who collapsed with an average ERA of 9.00 in 7 games (26 innings) 1 win 4 losses, became DFA.
Cincinnati has a vacant starting rotation against the New York Mets on the 12th, and Lively is likely to enter this position. He was originally scheduled to start at Triple-A Louisville on the 10th, but was canceled due to a call-up.
Lively was selected by Cincinnati with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. However, he made his major league debut in 2017 after being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 2014 season.
During the 2018 season, he moved to the Kansas City Royals, and until 2019, he recorded 4-10, an average ERA of 4.80, and 80 strikeouts in 26 games (20 starts) and 120 innings in 3 major league seasons.
In August 2019, he signed a contract as a replacement foreign player for Samsung and headed to Korea. Before being released in June 2021 due to a shoulder injury, he had a total of 36 games (202⅓ innings), 10 wins, 12 losses, 4.14 strikeouts, and 191 strikeouts in three seasons. Despite his attractive pitch, he left the Korean stage with regrets due to frequent injuries. 메이저놀이터
Lively, who returned to the United States and signed a minor league contract with Cincinnati last January, recorded 18 games (77 innings), 2 wins, 5 losses, 4.09 strikeouts, and 79 strikeouts in Triple A last year. He continued with Cincinnati this year with a minor league contract, and finally received a call-up to the major leagues.