The Rays optioned Phillips (hamstring) to their taxi squad Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Phillips hadn't started in a game for the Rays since he was removed from the Sept. 27 regular-season finale with right hamstring tightness, but he was healthy enough to make four appearances off the bench between Tampa Bay's wild-card round series win over the Blue Jays and divisional-round series win over the Yankees. He was removed from the roster for the Rays' ALCS matchup with the Astros in favor of reliever Jose Alvarado, who will provide the team with another left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Phillips was removed from Sunday's game against the Phillies with right hamstring tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Phillips apparently tweaked his hamstring while playing the field as he did not have an at-bat prior to exiting the contest. The Rays labeled the 26-year-old's removal as precautionary, but his availability heading into the playoffs is now in question.
Phillips went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and two walks in Friday's win against the Phillies. Phillips reached base four times in Friday's contest as he started the Rays' scoring with a second-inning single and tied the game with a solo blast in the sixth inning. He's logged 17 at-bats while serving in a depth role with the Rays, slashing .176/.364/.471 with three RBI and three stolen bases during that time.
Phillips went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple during a win over the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday. The 26-year-old opened the scoring for the Rays with his second-inning three-bagger, which plated Joey Wendle. The hit was Phillips' first since being acquired from the Royals on Aug. 27. Phillips has only logged eight plate appearances overall in Tampa, however, drawing the start in just two of his first nine games with the club.
Phillips cleared intake testing and was added to Tampa Bay's major-league roster Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. The 26-year-old was placed on the COVID-19 injured list while going through intake testing after being acquired from the Rays last week, but he's now been cleared to join his new club. Phillips had a .226/.294/.387 slash line in 34 appearances with the Royals and is unlikely to be a lineup regular in Tampa Bay.
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