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Phillies place Lively on DL with back strain

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Lively is injured after all.

After Lively downplayed lower back tightness following Thursday's loss to the D-backs -- he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings -- the Phillies placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Friday afternoon with a strained lower back. They recalled right-hander Jake Thompson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the 25-man roster.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Lively is injured after all.

After Lively downplayed lower back tightness following Thursday's loss to the D-backs -- he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings -- the Phillies placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Friday afternoon with a strained lower back. They recalled right-hander Jake Thompson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the 25-man roster.

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"There's no pain, it's just really, really tight," Lively said. "It's definitely very frustrating. I couldn't really eat yesterday I was so upset."

Thompson will pitch in the bullpen. The Phillies have not named Lively's replacement in the rotation. They need somebody by Tuesday in Miami.

"We have some options internally, we have some options at Triple-A," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "We'll think through those."

Long man Drew Hutchison and Triple-A right-hander Zach Eflin are the most likely candidates because they are on the 40-man roster. Hutchison is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in seven appearances. He has allowed 10 hits and seven walks in 11 innings while striking 11. Eflin is 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA in four starts with the IronPigs. He has allowed 20 hits and five walks in 20 innings. He has struck out 15.

Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff is expected to take the No. 5 rotation job at the end of next month, when he returns from the DL. For that reason, it is unlikely the Phillies choose somebody not on the 40-man roster, although Triple-A right-hander Enyel De Los Santos has pitched well.

Seranthony keeps rising
The Phillies promoted right-hander Seranthony Dominguez from Double-A Reading to Lehigh Valley.

Dominguez, 23, allowed eight hits, three earned runs and two walks with 18 strikeouts in 13 innings. It is a continuation of strong performances since Spring Training, when he impressed Kapler, who said earlier this week that he could see Dominguez helping the Phils at some point this season.

Dominguez is the No. 12 prospect in the organization, according to MLB Pipeline.

Cool auction, cool stuff
MLB umpires are offering more than 300 items, including autographed memorabilia, VIP experiences and upgraded ticket packages in their 10th annual UMPS CARE Charities online auction. The auction at www.mlb.com/UmpsCare closes at 10 p.m. ET on Monday. Items include signed bats, cleats, jerseys, photos and baseballs from some baseball's biggest stars. The Phillies donated a VIP ballpark tour, on-field access and tickets for four.

All proceeds support UMPS CARE Charities youth programs, which provide MLB experiences for children awaiting adoption, Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences for hospitalized children coping with serious illnesses, college scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted as children and financial assistance for families in need.

"Each year, thanks to the support from our friends in Major League Baseball and throughout the sports world, we get some fantastic items for our auction, and this year is no exception," former umpire and UMPS CARE Charities board president Gary Darling said. "This is the biggest fundraising initiative that we have to help so many children in need, and we can't thank everyone enough for all of the support. Please tell all of your friends, bid early and bid often to help this great cause."

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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