Zach Phillips has bounced around the majors and minors since 2011 and has just 22.1 innings in the big leagues since turning pro in 2004. He landed on Pittsburgh's roster for the final three weeks of 2016. The left-hander, who had last pitched in the majors with the Marlins in 2013, gave up two earned runs in eight contests. He used four pitches in an effort to trick batters, throwing his 90.1 mph fastball only 36.3 percent of the time while trying to keep opponents off-balance. Phillips will look to find work as a middle-innings reliever when injuries strike.
Phillips was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The left-hander was a September call-up with the Pirates, notching a 2.70 ERA over 6.2 innings late in the season. Given that he's a left-handed reliever, he could end up latching on with another team this offseason. However, for now, Phillips will remain in the Pirates system as a non-member of the 40-man roster.
Phillips was officially called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. Phillips will return to the major leagues for the first time since 2013, replacing Elias Diaz (leg) on the 40-man roster. The lefty spent nearly the entire year with the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate before being traded two weeks ago, posting an impressive strikeout total but also a high walk rate. Look for Phillips to work primarily in low-leverage spots over the final few weeks.
Phillips will likely join the major league roster in the coming days, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Josh Harrison (groin) is expected to miss the rest of the season, so the Pirates needed someone to fill the vacancy. Phillips wasn't spectacular in Triple-A, as he posted an ERA north of 4.00 between the Orioles and Pirates organizations, but his impressive strikeout numbers (85 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched) could come in handy down the stretch for Pittsburgh.
Phillips cleared waivers Friday and will be outrighted to Triple-A, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. The 29-year-old has yet to see any significant time in the major leagues, and it appears he will serve as organizational depth for the Orioles in 2016 after posting just a 4.85 ERA throughout the spring.
The Orioles signed Phillips Tuesday and it appears he has a shot of making the Opening Day roster, the Baltimore Sun reports. Phillips is familiar to the organization, appearing in a handful of games in 2011 and 2012. After spending two years in Japan, Phillips returned and threw in Triple-A for the White Sox last season and was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason. For the Orioles, Brian Matusz (back) looks like he may begin the season on the disabled list. That leaves Phillips to compete with T.J. McFarland for a left-handed relief spot. Phillips had allowed two runs on eight hits in five innings with the White Sox this spring.