Williams was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. Williams has gone hitless in three at-bats off the bench since being activated from the COVID-19 IL on Sept. 20. The club has decided to recall infielder Alec Bohm from Lehigh Valley, which leave Williams as the odd man out on the 28-man roster. Assuming Williams does not return to the majors during the final five days of the season, he'll conclude his big-league campaign having hit .245/.315/.316 with one homer, four doubles and six RBI across 98 at-bats.
Williams was activated off the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Williams has been out since testing positive for coronavirus in late August. He's been cleared to return after a lengthy 10-game rehab assignment in which he struggled to a .351 OPS. He'll fill a bench role for the Phillies down the stretch, as his .253/.324/.326 slash line through 105 plate appearances in his rookie season makes him ill-suited for everyday at-bats.
Williams (illness) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Williams has been out since testing positive for COVID-19 in late August. He shouldn't need too many rehab games given his relatively brief absence, though the Phillies haven't said exactly when he's expected back.
Williams tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and will have to complete a quarantine of at least 10 days before he's eligible to rejoin the Phillies, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Williams was one of three players placed on the COVID-19 injured list Friday, with catcher Andrew Knapp and starting pitcher Zach Eflin joining him. According to Salisbury, all three players are fully vaccinated and weren't subject to testing unless they felt ill, an indication that Williams, Knapp and Eflin are all experiencing symptoms on some level. The Phillies called up outfielder Jorge Bonifacio from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday to fill Williams' spot on the active roster.
Williams was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Friday. The club has yet to specify whether Williams has tested positive for the virus, so it's not known how long he'll be forced to be away from the team. Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his roster spot.